Reconciling Secular Perceptions With Prophecy

Q. Imagine you own a business, an international company. Imagine you employ hundreds of people and millions of others rely on your product or service. Now, imagine you are a Christian and you know what is coming down the pike because of your knowledge of prophecy.

Imagine your company needs to be competitive to stay in business, and that you need to develop long term strategies in order to insure its future longevity. As a Christian, what do you do? How do you reconcile one vision, business, with the other, prophetic?

A. I assume this is a hypothetical question, but here’s my answer, based on wisdom from Jesus and Paul.

Jesus said you can’t serve two masters, and where your treasure is there will your heart be also (Matt. 6:21,24).

And Paul added, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).

This life is temporary. It’s the next one that’s permanent, so that’s where we want our treasure to be.

There are always buyers for a profitable company, and there are competent people who aren’t trying to serve the Lord who can run it and make sure its customers receive the product or service it provides. Knowing the time is short, I would sell the company and use the proceeds to help people who can’t help themselves. This is the way to store up treasure in heaven in the time that is left.

Jesus gave a rich young man similar direction. He said, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mark 10:21).

By the way, this is not just good advice for rich people, or for our time. Down through the years, countless ordinary, every day people have followed it and been blessed in ways they could not have imagined. I know because I’m one of them.

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