A Faithful Man
Faith has been and will always be the biggest factor in our lives as Christ followers. It is difficult to hold on to the Lord when man is telling you to do something different. Man is success driven. Where is the next mountain to climb or the next area to be conquered? You are in control, you have to make the decisions, you are responsible for the outcome. These are the lies of the enemy of our souls.
Some new companies enter the business world with the anger of a rabid dog. They use tactics that are disingenuous and yet acceptable to the world. Some would even say it’s just good business to steamroll your way through life with little consideration for others. But the Lord says these are not my ways. I am your defender, I am your strong tower, I am the alpha and omega, through me nothing is impossible. Give me your burdens, I will carry them.
I have come to the point where I have complete trust in His plan for our lives and business. I am not responsible for the outcome, but for obedience to His direction. Some doors are closing, some doors are opening, it is the normal business cycle. We must pray and patiently waiting for His plan to unfold before us. When something unexpected happens, we must seek Him for answers on how to proceed. Remember, nothing catches Him by surprise, nothing!
A Faithful Man
by Os Hillman
“A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 28:20
There is a distinct difference between the workplace believer who operates based on living in the Promised Land versus the one who operates in Egypt. In Egypt, the workplace believer sweats and toils to generate an outcome. The final objective is foremost in their mind. Outcome is everything.
In the Promised Land, we learn that obedience is the only thing that matters. We are called to execute, and leave outcome to God. Sometimes that outcome is very positive, yielding a return. In other cases, we may not yield a corresponding return. We may even get a negative outcome. The difference is that we know that we have been faithful to what God has called us to and we yield results to God. God often blesses obedience beyond what we deserve. If God brings wealth to your life, it should come as a by-product of obedience, not an end in itself.
God may call each of us to be obedient to situations that may not yield immediate, positive results. It is in these times that our faith must be obedience-based versus outcome-based. What if Jesus had considered the immediate ramifications of whether he would go to the cross? Based on the immediate outcome, the decision would have been an easy one. Who wants to die on a cross? However, for Him there was a higher purpose in that obedience. We are called to this same kind of obedience. This means putting our own flesh on the line daily, dying to our own self-will.
This is what it means to be a faithful man. Pray that God will make you a faithful man today.