Jim Langley: Carrying on Business and Making Money | Homes & Lifestyle

As a fairly new Christian, I was quickly drawn to the Book of James in my early studies in God’s Word.

After completing Operation Timothy, the CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection) study, in 1988, I recall Dr. Bill Blythe and me asking our “Paul,” Carl Schuele, to lead us in a study of the general Epistle of James.

We spent several months going through those five chapters of this letter written to the first church by Jesus’ half-brother. James became the head of the church in Jerusalem prior to being martyred in 62 AD and certainly graduating to his final destination in heaven.

As Christian businessmen, we were both extremely interested in learning how we could better serve our Lord through our businesses. After all, we were competing against others who would stoop to using what we considered unfair practices to succeed in our chosen professions.

We also had a desire to serve our clients in a fashion that would please our Lord. And our mentor certainly demonstrated that in how he ran his business, KRUZ-FM, for the Lord. For many years, his radio station devoted every Sunday to continual Christian-based programs, commercial-free!

James 4:13 warns us, “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.'”

Please note the great emphasis placed on the strategy of carrying on business and making money without any mention at all in being fair and concerned about how that money was made and what it might have cost consumers.

It’s unfortunate that there are those who cannot be trusted in every profession. During these challenging times, it seems as though more devious folks are taking extreme measures to get rich as quickly as possible without any regard for the well-being of their customers.

In Matthew 6:24, the Lord Jesus addresses our ongoing dilemma in service: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ”

That pretty much sums it all up folks. We all know those who, perhaps inadvertently, worship the almighty dollar and what it provides, which is certainly temporal.

During these past few years, I’ve been pressed to work harder and smarter as I do my best to serve our Lord and my clients. I’m reminded of the words of Moses written to all who trust in God found in Deuteronomy 6: 4-5: “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ”

This oldest of prayers, The Shema, is worth putting to memory.

Let me end with Jesus’ reply to the question “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” His response can be found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

In Matthew 22: 37-40 we read “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. ‘”

As businessmen who want to please God, those are words that need to be followed daily, if we truly desire to please our Heavenly Father.

Passages to Ponder

»Proverbs 13: 9-11

»Ecclesiastes 5: 10-14

»Luke 16: 11-13

»1 Timothy 6: 10-12

– Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.


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