We cruised along in a top-of-the line chauffeur-driven limousine. Soft music permeated the air.
“Dwight, I am going public with the Company. The move should increase our Corporation’s net 25%.” As he continued, I could not help but notice how artfully his words were chosen. I was also struck by his exquisitely tailored suit. And the watch. A Rolex, of course.
“We’re putting together a coalition of companies that could corner the market,” he continued.
“I’m delighted at the successes you are enjoying,” I replied. And so the conversation went. But somehow inside, I felt hollow. Like there was something missing in our exchange. Later, upon reflection, it occurred to me that my unease was based not on what was said, but on what was not said. Such as,
– “Dwight, there is this fellow on the Board whom I believe is close to coming to Christ!”
– “My wife and I are seeing the couples in our home Bible study growing spiritually!”
– “Dwight, this morning in my time with God, I was impressed from the Scriptures…”
I doubt that there is any blatant sin in his life. No womanizing. No underhanded manipulation of funds. During our conversation, he was simply expressing what was on his heart. After all, “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45b)
Jesus, in calling Peter and Andrew said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19) Fishing for people is the natural outgrowth of following Christ. The fishermen I know are obsessively passionate about catching fish! But when their passion wanes, the topic of fishing fades from their conversation.
In our previous talks, I heard nothing from his lips about fishing for people. So I find myself with an unsettled feeling that in his rocketing success, he has been surreptitiously ensnared by “the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things… [thus choking] the word, [and] making [him] unfruitful?” (Mk 4:19b)
Obedient followers of Christ fish for people! It’s a passion and a priority! They talk about it!
The question you and I may want to ask of ourselves is, “Judging from our conversation, where does our passion and primary focus lie? In catching men? Or in expanding our portfolios, and in increasing our net worth?
My prayer is that you are having a great week!