Advertising, of one form or another, is the traditional way for any company or business to get the word out about it’s products or services. Normally you would contact an ad agency or design your own campaign to reach your target customers. This has not been the case with MotormaniaTV. Instead, the Lord has asked us to allow Him to make folks aware or who we are and what we do. At first it was difficult to be obedient, but as time has passed, it’s gotten easier.
The first 3 events of this year are exactly the same as the the first 3 events of 2013. The growth in viewership from 2013 to 2014 has been phenomenal. We have seen a 350% + increase. What did we do to make such a significant increase, nothing. Through new contracts and contacts, the Lord has brought us the increase.
Yesterday, I chatted with some new viewers who are long time car enthusiasts and had no idea we existed. They recommended we ‘get the word out’ through some form of advertising. My initial thought was, “that’s a good idea”. I said something to my wife about maybe it’s time to do some advertising and she said, “God has always handled getting the word out, you need to pray about it first.” Instant conviction, no need to pray about it, we shall stay the course.
Success can be just as difficult to navigate as hard times. As Christ followers we must never forget how we got where we are and Who brought us to the dance.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:5).
Have you ever argued with God? One of the first sermons Jesus ever gave was from a boat. It was Simon Peter’s boat. Jesus used a businessman’s business to preach the Gospel. However, Peter had to first make his business available to the Master. When he did, something wonderful happened to his business.
You see, Peter’s fishing business was in a slump. They had just fished all night and caught nothing. Nevertheless, Peter made his boat available to Jesus to use as He wished. Jesus used it to preach to the multitudes. After Jesus used Peter’s boat for His purposes Jesus did something interesting for Peter. He blessed his business. However, Peter almost missed the blessing because he began to argue with Jesus. Peter was looking at the market conditions instead of the instruction of Jesus. Something inside of him made him reconsider Jesus’ instruction. Jesus rewarded his obedience. “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink?” (Luke 5:6-7).
We see a number of Kingdom principles we can apply in our work lives in this story. 1) We must be willing to let God use our work life for His purposes. 2) We must not look at circumstances and argue with Jesus when His instruction seems to contradict what we have seen or experienced already. 3) We must obey the Lord.
When we obey the Lord we might just see Jesus use us for His glory and bless our obedience.