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We do ourselves a huge disservice when we treat the church like the business world. It is the utmost folly to appoint business men who have little spiritual content in their life to the eldership or the deaconate. Don’t get me wrong; a spiritually minded man, who is also a businessman, may do well in the eldership, or as a deacon, but many times we look at a man’s business acumen and fail to discern his spiritual qualities, or lack thereof. The church is not a business, and it should not be. What happens when the eldership and the deaconate become filled with unspiritual business men? We become results oriented. We measure things by the bottom line.

I’m not thinking just about money. The bottom line does not always have to be money. It can be completion of tasks or projects. It can be building repairs and improvements. It can be the implementation and management of programs. It can be an unhealthy focus upon works. It can be whether we deem our mission works “successful.” It can be our efforts at evangelism, counting bible studies or bodies baptized. It can be counting daily Bible readers, or counting the number of people who visited or whom we visited, or any number of other things wherein we can demonstrate “success” with a number. This is the heart of what it means to be results oriented. —Kevin Cauley

Do not look overly much for results. The desire for spiritual fruit from your labors is healthy. God wants that. But avoid the fallacy of immediate results. Let God bring them forth in his time. Focus on being faithful in your work. O Soul, keep working, and let God be God! Have faith in his power. Trust his wisdom. Know that he will use you for great things, many of which you will never know about. Did Abraham have an idea of all that God would do through him? He had the promise. And that was enough for him. Persevere, sow the seed, pray for wisdom and strength, keep moving forward. Grow in yourself, and God will mightily perform his will. Glorify him!

On 31 December 2018 what do I want this year to look like? How do I want this year to be different from the previous one? What must I do to have these different results?

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