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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, April 9, 1997
Dear Colleagues,

ARE YOU A PAROCHIAL OR WORLD CHRISTIAN?

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Good Morning!

Jesus made it abundantly clear that you and I are to think globally:

“…Go  and make disciples of all  nations…You shall be My witnesses…to the ends of the earth.”  (Matt. 28:19a; Act. 1:8b)

As a business or  professional person, you are uniquely positioned to help fulfill The Great Commission in three ways:

#1  RESOURCES

It takes money to get the message of the Cross to the ends of the earth.  If God has  given you  the gift  of making  money (Rom. 12:8), then  you have a unique opportunity and responsibility to distribute  resources toward  His causes. 

The  late Dr. Richard C. Halverson wrote,

“There is a greater problem than need — Greed! — Commendable as it may be, compassion for the hungry and starving is not the best we can do — as long as we give simply out of our abundance, and allow such giving to justify continuing acquisition beyond our needs…”+

#2  ACCESS: 

By the year 2000, 85% of  the  world’s lost will  live  in countries closed to traditional missionary entry. The only other means of  personal  “access”  is through the business and professional person. 

Today, most developing countries are crying out for the kind of expertise  you possess.  But this is big league stuff, so  only those possessed of courage, vision, know how, and determination need apply.

#3  INFLUENCE: 

Because the majority of the  developing countries still recognize the West for its advanced expertise, you as a business or professional person  have leverage to influence.

QUESTION:  ARE YOU A PAROCHIAL OR WORLD CHRISTIAN?” 

One acid test in answering that question is to take a hard look at the ledger in your checkbook. Does the pattern of your check-writing over the past several months reflect a person possessed with a PAROCHIAL OR WORLD PERSPECTIVE? 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   (Matt. 6:21)

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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