Being About Your Father’s Business

 

Faith in business

The injustice in the world today is nothing new and neither is the source. The book of knowledge and wisdom tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. This truth indicates that those in business are closest to the root of the problem, since business is the means by which money is exchanged. 1st Timothy 6:10 is the origin of this often misquoted maxim.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Tim 6:10 KJV)

The phrase “love of money” in this verse comes from the Greek word “philarguria”, which translates to fondness of silver. This word comes from part of the same root as the Greek word “Philanthropia”, which translates fondness of mankind, and is where we get the word philanthropy. If you look at the meaning of each of these words, then it becomes clear what the bible is trying to relay in the verse cited above. It also becomes clear why there is so much chaos in the world today.

The cited scripture is not in reference to everyone. It speaks of people erring from the faith. We know the faith in reference because this quote comes from a Christian bible. True Christianity is based on faith in the testimony of Jesus Christ, who gave His life to save mankind. So, without question, we know that Christianity is founded on a love for mankind. This understanding explains why the love of money is then considered erring from the faith. Those who confess to follow Christ should exhibit a love for mankind instead of a love for money.

To my Christian brothers and sisters, what is reflected most in your business? Is it the love of mankind or a love of money? Do you put what is humane and equitable before what is financially profitable? History is polluted with the business of putting money before humanity. Just look at the history of America. We know that the love for Africans did not exceed a love for the profit to be made from their enslavement. We know the love for Native Americans did not exceed the love for the profit to be made from their lands. Is this just a recollection of America’s sins from the past or is this sorrow piercing so many through today evidence that America has not yet repented? America as a government never erred from the faith, because America as a government never employed the teachings of Christ. Christ gave His life for the sake of ALL mankind. The business of this country has always been for the sake of a few.

This a call for the Christians of this nation. Those who profess to live according to the one which put His love of mankind before His own life. You are the light of the world. If your light is hidden from your business, then we lose the light where it is darkest. Business is where decisions are made which impact our whole civilization. The way to remove the chaos from the boardwalks, is to promote a love for mankind in the boardrooms. The corrosion of society stems from morally bankrupt capitalism. All human endeavors must be rooted in the purpose of making life better for all, or humanity will fail as a whole. These words may not find a home in every heart, but my hope is that they will resonate in hearts where the faith of Christ is resident.

 

 

Barabbas Still Winning The Poll

Barabbas or Christ, who would you pick? In the days when Yeshua walked the earth in the flesh, there was government corruption, over taxation, and government sponsored racial and religious oppression, and the Jews were sick of it. Christ taught, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” He made himself of no reputation by disputing the politics of that day or speaking against Caesar. He kept the focus on the Kingdom of GOD and the responsibility of the individual to love at all times, both friends and enemies, regardless of what was going on. The Jews of that day had their hearts entangled in the cares of the world, which resulted in Barabbas being chosen for release instead of Yeshua. Who are you releasing today with your choice of expression, Barabbas in the concerns of this world or Christ in the things of the spirit?

Those that consider themselves ambassadors of the Kingdom of GOD, should reflect the culture and customs of their King. We should go about preaching the gospel without getting entangled with the affairs of this world. The Word tells us that no man warring for the Kingdom should get entangled with the affairs of this world that he may please the one that called him to be a soldier in the first place. As ambassadors for Christ, we have given up the right to free speech. We have become the bondsman of Christ. We yield the members of our body to serve Christ. What people often refer to as free speech is actually creating a lot of debt. We need to be careful now more than ever because we have mega-phones like Facebook and twitter that can carry our words to thousands. This influence is a great responsibility. It is from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. It is what we fill ourselves with that eventually comes back out. Our communication reflects our meditation. If you have been occupied with the bickering and cares of this world, that is what you will reflect out onto the world. If you are predominantly consumed with the heart of GOD and the Word, then that is what you will reflect out onto the world.

The apostasy, or the falling away of the church, that is predicted to occur in the last days, is an event of the heart. It is being facilitated a great deal by social media and the constant influx of information concerning the cares of this world. It takes an exerted effort not to get drug in, not to click, not to view, not to comment, on all the stories publicized. Just like the parable that Yeshua taught, the cares of this world will choke the Word and keep it from finding expression in your life. The impact of falling away from Love is division instead of unity. The impact of everyone just saying whatever they feel in a public arena, without first considering if it is motivated by Love (which is the culture and custom of GOD’s Kingdom) is polarizing. Just because you can find a bunch of people that feel the same way you do doesn’t mean it is right or worthy of expression. Remember it was a majority that choose Barabbas to be released and he is still the popular choice today.

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