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Friday, January 6th, '18

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PERSONAL BUSINESS

"He found in the temple...money changers doing business" (John 2:13)

 

A few top reasons why people get fired is because they use the company computer for ad hoc liaisons, tie up company phone lines for personal use or do other non-work related tasks on company time. I've overheard preachers jawing about the "black book" shocked to discover they meant the car dealer's used car price guidebook instead of the Bible. "You're fired!" is the phrase Donald Trump has made famous. But I can't see how he can claim copyright to it since Jesus used it twenty centuries before. The temple had been turned into a tavern. Moneychangers had their kiosks set up in the outer court. Others merchandized in doves and sacrificial lambs. John's account says they were "doing business", a quite profitable business at that. Then Jesus made a scourge of leather cords, cracked it at the marketers, kicked over their tables, upset the religious applecart and fumed, "Make not my Father's house a house of merchandise!" (John 2:16) In other words, preachers, you're fired!

 

I wince at some of the "product" tables I see in Christian meetings. Everything from T-shirts to costume jewelry to get your logo embossed right here golf balls are for sale in the church foyer. Raffling off sports cars and trips to Disneyland is the new way to pay for the church budget. Don't get me started. The moneychangers are still "doing business". But that is not my beef in this message. My concern is with mixing so much business and pleasure that all lines have been erased. My beef is with sidetracked preachers. Yea, yea, yea, Paul was a tentmaker by trade. But how much did it interfere with ministry? They took sweaty handkerchiefs and aprons from his body at Ephesus and laid them on the sick as points of contact with the anointing. So he must have had a part time job on the side, but was that his drive? "For me to live is Christ!" doesn't sound like one sidetracked with building his pyramid down-line. So many have told me I would be perfect at selling Amway because I meet so many people. My reply is well rehearsed, "Sorry sir, I am already in Amway. John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth..." It is not that "doing business" is wrong, it just shouldn't be priority for Kingdom-focused ministers.

 

 "I must be about my Father's business", cried the young Jesus (Luke 2:49). No one had messed with his focus at that early age. But He maintained it till His last utterance from the cross when He cried, "It is finished!" Know your mission. Give yourself wholly to your calling (1Timothy 4:15). Sideline ventures become slide-line ventures. Next thing the preacher is caught up more with lying down in green fairways than green pastures. Golf is a great getaway. Fishing can really settle the nerves. But the disciples were called to be "fishers of men", not crappies and bass. When Peter threw up his hands and decided, "I'm going fishing" (John 21:3), the problem wasn't the fishing, it had to do with him losing his taste for God's business. Peter was falling for the same distraction so many men of God face today; the idea that my ministry doesn't count for much so I might as well spend my time on something more satisfying. The chief apostle just about cashed it all in and went back to his old fishing job, "doing business". Your ministry accomplishes more than you know, dear pastor, missionary, evangelist. Don't get sidelined peddling Christian T-shirts when you have a gift to clothe others with righteousness and power.  That is a whole lot better than T-shirts. Don't resign, re-sign, on the dotted line. Join Jesus in kicking over the kiosks and get back to work. You're needed!


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