God’s Business Not Our Business Must Come First In Our Lives

James 4:13   Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows to do the right thing and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  (James 4:13 LSB) https://accordance.bible/link/read/LSB#James_4:13


So many Christian businessmen had their best year ever last year, and this year is going along just as well or better! Should we not do as the proverb says, make hay while the sun is shining? God would say only as far as you make Him first and most in your life are you to pursue business diligently. Pursuing business while ignoring God’s business is to love money more than God. Pursuing business while ignoring God is to love business more than God. What does this look like? It means working daily, intensely, on the things that bring the business success while making little to no time for God in prayer, Bible reading, and meditation on how to apply the words of God to our lives. It means jumping into work mode at first light rather than falling to our knees in prayer mode, opening the book of God, the Scriptures for revelation on how to live this day under His guiding light. It means constantly pursuing the next deal rather than people whose very lives are in jeopardy of the fires of hell. It means no longer looking at relationships as business prospects but looking at people as potential eternal brothers in Christ and taking responsibility for helping them reconcile to Christ. It means seeking and saving the lost first rather than the next piece of business first. Our vocation is God’s provision for fulfilling our occupation which is His kingdom and His righteousness upon earth as it is in heaven. On that day we meet Him to give account to Him, He will not be measuring our balance sheet but His. He will not reward us for our income but for those we brought to Him as reconciled children of God.

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