So, as not to be misunderstood, please allow me to reiterate… my daily messages should not be construed as any form of “preaching.” I do not stand on a pedestal. I’m no different or no better than the least of you. What I propose, though, is to speak of a “worldly issue,” and give some Sacramental perspective on it. And, by worldly issue, I mean to say…as how a particular issue affects the “business community.”
I’ve been in the BUSINESS community all of my adult life. My intention is to SHARE with YOU, the reader… some of those EXPERIENCES with you, so that, you might find a better solution to your business problem or issue. Yes, it’s true…. I do use Bible Scripture to SUPPORT my perspective. It is my belief that the two go “hand and hand.” I said, from the beginning of this journey…some 1400 daily messages ago… that if I could INFLUENCE, in a POSITIVE way, just one person to better understand his business, career, social, family issues… from a Spiritual perspective…. Then I would have served my PURPOSE. I am lead to believe, almost, on a daily basis… that I am accomplishing my goal. Someone, please correct me, if I’m WRONG.
It is my contention that most of the world’s problems, all of which…. affect our career, our social and family lives, and our Spiritual lives… is centered on the REJECTION of God. We reject Him by failing to LOVE Him, and our neighbor…as ourselves (at least). We fail Him when we put “other things” ahead of Him. To those who “think” that God has “no place… in the work place,”…. Well, that’s the PROBLEM. It is because we have “kicked God out” of the Boardrooms of Corporate America, that we are in these “terrible predicaments.” We FAIL Him because we “worship the dollar,” and because we “worship worldly things.” We even “worship” our own bodies. We fail Him because we have “lost-sight” of the FACT that we were made in His Image, and that “our bodies” are the TEMPLE of the HOLY SPIRIT. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 – Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Paramount among these “reasons for our demise,” is our LUST for “sins of the flesh.” Don’t conclude, now, that I’m talking STRICTLY about SEX…. Heaven forbid…not that. No Sir. I’m talking about those “things,” that we do to “satisfy” ourselves… our desires (be it sex or not). Some 60 years ago, I was ADVISED by a young lady friend… that the best way to measure God’s approval is to ask yourself this question: “Would Jesus approve?” That is the “only question” we must ask. That is the only criteria. None others count.
With all of that said…. Please let me refer you to this passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-11- It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. …….Blessings…cjlb…6/26/15.