By: Barry G. Allen
Part 2-Week 2 My Testimony (continued)
I started to work for my father in his automobile business when I was in the seventh grade. Not only did he teach me all about operating an automobile dealership, but he also taught me the importance of hard work and honesty in my relationship to Christ and to my fellow human beings. I like what Paul W. Powell said in his book, Taking the Stew Out of Stewardship. He said good stewardship involves how you earn what you get as well as how you spend what you’ve got, and it involves being honest. These Biblical truths are based upon Dr. Powell’s observations.
What does the Bible say about money and possessions? (continued)
Biblical truth #10: Work hard at everything you do. Solomon writes, “If you do your job well, you will work for a ruler and never be a slave.” In addition to teaching us values and helping us to prosper, hard work brings a measure of satisfaction to our lives. Remember the Smith Barney slogan? “We make money the old fashioned way, we earn it.” That’s God’s way as well, and it should be ours.
Biblical truth #11: Be honest in all your dealings. Solomon advises, “It’s better to be honest and poor than to be dishonest and rich.” Dishonesty is rooted in greed, and if left unchecked, makes you susceptible to get-rich-quick schemes, schemes which almost always end in poverty. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never let greed cause you to be dishonest. You cannot live according to God’s stewardship principles and get things the wrong way. In God’s sight, it’s better to grow rich slowly than to grow poor in a hurry.
Prayer focus: Ask the Lord for a full dose of discernment about the importance of working hard, being honest in all of your dealings and patiently allowing Him to bring satisfaction to your life.
Next week: My Testimony (continued)