Years ago, I felt compelled to write letters to several wealthy business people. Among them were the president of Walmart, the founder of Chick-fil-A, and a businessman in Mansfield with a reputation as a Christian philanthropist.
The president of Walmart called me at home, and the founder of Chick-fil-A sent me a signed copy of his book with a note in it. The philanthropist? I was driving down the freeway when I suddenly exited, walked in unannounced, and enjoyed two hours of conversation with him.
In each case, I learned a great deal about serving others with everything God has given us, honoring Him, remaining humble despite one’s wealth, and investing in people.
I have been blessed to meet several others since then–wealthy Christian business people who will actually use their wealth as a means for creating jobs so that they might win souls in the process, once employees “take the bait” of exchanging their time for cash. Yes, there’s nothing wrong with having loads of money, so long as money–or the lack of it–doesn’t have us.
Do you have a sense of urgency where Kingdom things are concerned?
Do you live as though there is a promise of tomorrow, or with a purpose born out of winning souls while you can?
We hear a lot of talk about the Last Days. Movies such as 2012 fuel that fire. Today might not be the last day, but it could be my last day. Or yours. When somebody screams, “We’re gonna die!” in most cases, they are 100 percent correct.
As many of you know, I am a workplace chaplain. Last summer, I was successfully serving three businesses, all affiliated with the same parent company. These three facilities were part of a network of 39 businesses consisting of thousands of employees. One day, I received a call from the corporate secretary. Seems they received a thank-you from one of the administrators of three facilities where I’d been serving, appreciative of the difference my services had apparently made among the employees.
The woman who phoned me, seemingly astounded, asked, “You mean to tell me you pray with people in our facilities?” She continued. “Let’s say I’m an atheist…who do I sue, you?” She closed by requesting my address and, within two days, I received a certified letter demanding that I cease to solicit their facilities any further and to stay off their property.
In contrast, recently at a banquet, I spoke with a Kingdom-minded businesswoman who agreed with me when I quoted Jesus in John 9:4 when He said, “We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work.”
This was a lady who gets it. Other business people I’ve heard of, and know personally, have so embraced the Kingdom agenda, they cannot help but consider the soul-winning aspect of starting another business venture or, I daresay, hiring a workplace chaplain for the sake of their personnel. Soul-winning is not merely another religious term. The soul consists of the mind, the will, and the emotions. If we can sway those three things in another person–calling them over to God’s side–we have won their soul. As the one who signs the checks, the possibility exists to do some mighty effective work–greater than most churches could dream of!
Life is not a dress rehearsal. Where material goods, fame, and trophies are concerned, we can’t take any of it with us. None of it will matter at all in days ahead.
Pray about it. How can you maximize the Kingdom impact of your organization? Maybe I can help.
Do a spiritual self-assessment. Be honest about what motivates you.
Michael Tummillo is an ordained minister, a certified workplace chaplain, and a member of NIBIC (National Institute of Business and Industry Chaplains). He lives in Stephenville, Texas.
Picture by John Spinks.
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