... a weekly letter of encouragement.
October 3, 1994
OUR MODUS OPERANDI IN BUSINESS, AND THE WAY THE HOLY SPIRIT DESIRES TO WORK IN AND THROUGH US ARE OFTEN THE EXACT OPPOSITE FROM EACH OTHER.
In business it is our wit, our persuasive abilities, our genius in manipulating and controlling circumstances, and our cleverness in creating certain impressions that spell "success". Or so it seems.
When we try however to apply these same forces in the spiritual realm, NOTHING OF ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE HAPPENS.
Because we are by nature CONTROLLERS, we find the freedom of the Spirit's working difficult to relate to. The Holy Spirit simply will not be controlled or manipulated:
"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)
In similar fashion, Psalm 37 calls us to release our control and rest it in His:
Psalm 37: Our natural inclination:
Verse 3 - "Trust in the Lord..." Rely upon our cleverness
Verse 4 - "Delight in the Lord..." Fret over circumstances
Verse 5 - "Commit your way to the Lord..." Engineer the next step
Verse 7 "Rest in the Lord..." Grind our teeth over eventualities
Verse 34 - "Wait for the Lord..." Rush ahead to clinch the deal
If we were truly depending upon God rather than ourselves, would we not also be applying the same elements of patience, waiting and resting...YES the freedom of the Spirit's leading, to our business as we should be to the "ministry?"
In fact, the distinction between our mind set and our methods in business and ministry would probably be indistinguishable.
AFTER ALL, ISN'T EVERYTHING WE DO SUPPOSE TO BE A WORK OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD?
Have a great week!
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