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March 2, 1992

Gods Business Credo (Part One)

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Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. “As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. JAMES 4:13-16
A group of Hebrew businessmen are having an evening strategy session. Maps of the Roman Empire are spread out in front of them in the candlelit room. The atmosphere is similar to the electricity present when a twenty-first-century entrepreneur and his board of directors meet to discuss growth opportunities. One fellow leans over, points at the city of Philippi, and says, “I’ll spend the next year here.” Another puts his finger on another growth market and says, “I’m going to Ephesus tomorrow.”
This mind-set, which apparently was just as real in New Testament times as it is in today’s entrepreneurial, expanding marketplace, deeply concerned James. His warning is clear: God does not frown upon planning, but He does frown when He sees a man who considers himself to be secure without God.
James wasn’t opposed to smart business strategy; he was opposed to cavalier boasting about the future. The businessmen in the candlelit room made presumptions about their time and their schedules. They presumed that there actually would be a tomorrow, when in reality, nobody can guarantee that tomorrow will ever come. They presumed about their ability and mobility when they said, “We will go.” They presumed about their success of their work when they said, “This is what will happen; this is the guaranteed result and outcome.”
What kind of presumptions are you making in your life? Do you have your whole future planned out, or are you willing to let God set the agenda for you?

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