It’s Monday morning, and a hearty good morning to you all! You are in the beloved, and He loves you, and His grace has already positioned you for success and abundant blessing today!
Let’s pick up where we left off last week.
The church is largely confused trying to live by both the law and grace, (mixture), only grace can clear up the confusion, and expose your innocence and identity. I know we are talking about business here, but this revelation is critical to our success in both our business and personal lives. I can tell you from my own experience, that my business suffered because of my lack of knowledge, just as my personal life. Likewise my business prospered by His grace as well as my personal life because of this revelation.
As I said last week, this is vital to our success in our businesses and occupations. All you have to do is believe what God has done for you through the finished work of the cross, believe who He says you are, your identity. That seems easy enough, unless you condemn yourself. A good example of condemnation; you go to a sales conference, or your monthly sales meeting, where the top salespeople are paraded in front of everyone, (intended to motivate you), and tell you that your not doing a good enough job if you aren’t producing numbers like theirs. Then your told, this is what you must do to be as good as me. Do you see any condemnation there? There intention may be good, but the message is condemning. In a church setting, we would call this mixture, (a toxic mixture of law and grace). You are told here is what is wrong with you,(or there is sin in your life), and you MUST DO this to be pleasing to God. Friend, there is no difference between the two, both produce condemnation, which will cause you to ‘doubt’ what God has already said about you and done for you through the finished work of Jesus. Both tell you that you have fallen short, or missed the mark and Jesus redeemed us from our falling shorts! But Evan I can sift through the mixture and separate the good from the mixture. Maybe so, but it is the subtle mixture like a invisible virus that will get you and produce condemnation and bring you back under the law, voiding your faith. Romans 4:14, for if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of NO effect.
Someone might say; “well now, that doesn’t apply in your career or occupation, you have to ‘do’ to achieve”. Oh really, is that the reason many times Christians draw a line between their personal lives and career; thinking sometimes in our career, we have to do things a little bit different than what we learned about His grace? Galatians 5:4 still applies whether we are at home, church, or business, it says; Law righteousness has nothing in common with grace righteousness; they are opposites. As impossible it is for anyone to travel in two opposite directions at the same time, equally irrelevant does Christ become to anyone who continues to pursue righteousness under the law. (Mirror Translation). The KJV says; Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Could it be that Christians get frustrated trying to live two lives for God, one personally, one professionally? One by grace, one by self efforts? Galatians 2:21 KJV, I do not ‘frustrate’ the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law (or self effort), then Christ is dead in vain. If we will learn to apply the grace (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor of God) to our professions, then our profession will truly become ‘a profession of faith’. Abraham flowed seamlessly between personal and professional by the grace of God, the same as we should.
Abraham, was a successful business man, and he was righteous by faith just as we are. Abraham lived under a covenant of grace before the law. Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness. His son Isaac carried on the family business, yet Isaac made some of the same mistakes that his father made, yet it did not even cause a ripple in their success! Matter of fact when they both lied about their wives being their sisters because of fear, God protected them, and rebuked the Kings, not Abraham and Isaac. (Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds). Then the Kings blessed them exceedingly after being rebuked by God. Why? Because they (Abraham and Isaac) believed God and were righteous (innocent). Galatians 3:13-14 says; Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the spirit through faith.
Genesis 3:17-19 17 Then to Adam He said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it: Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. When God said “in ‘toil’ you shall eat of it” it is referencing what you do for a living to provide bread for your family, notice under the curse pronounced it would be done under toil, which means; worrisomeness, labor or pain, and sorrow. Good news, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law! All you have to do is ‘rest’ in the finished work of the cross, knowing that God loves you so much that HE will make things happen by His grace in your profession!
One more exciting thing I want to show you, then I will close for today, let’s look at Genesis 5:29 And He called his name Noah, saying, this same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed. Friends, this is an awesome verse, Noah was a type of Christ and his name means ‘rest’. Notice the verse talks about our work, labor, toil, occupation, profession, or business, however you want to put it. Simply put this verse points to Jesus who redeemed us from the curse of the law, and gives us ‘rest’ in our profession! Praise the Lord! Need I say more, go out and reign as Kings in life today!