Pursuing the ONE THING, glorifying God, doesn’t mean we all become missionaries or pastors. It doesn’t mean we forsake doing business, buying properties, traveling. Because as in the book of Ecclesiastes 5:19 “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil–this is a gift of God.”
I remembered what couple friend did with a business exposure for the kids last December. It was a multi-purposed endeavor – to teach the kids, to make a profit (no matter how small), to share Jesus during this occasion through the J Candy Cane story.
A balance life is what we must achieve. An idea would be working a max of 40-48 hours a week. During the week, having time to date with the wife, game time with the kids, have time for bible study, having quiet time with God, worshipping God on Sundays and also serving Him in whatever areas of giftedness God has given you to build the church up.
With the blessings of finances, we are able to travel and enjoy time with our family and friends, giving our tithes, giving generously to those who are in need, supporting ministries and missionaries, and so on. This goes with the instructions of Paul, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV
In terms of mission and purpose in life, aside from serving the church with our giftedness and talents, we align ourselves with CCF – to preach the gospel and make disciples. Sharing the gospel in our sphere of influences, employees, co-workers, clients, business partners, remembering that Jesus is our CEO. He is the owner and we are merely stewards.
Having this kind of mindset will allow us to make an impact in this world for the glory of God. I hope and pray that this can give us some perspective in regards to PURSUING the ONE THING. God bless.