5 Ways to Avoid Lack in Today’s Economy



hard economic times5 Ways to Avoid Lack in Today's Economy
by Eddie Lawrence

INTRODUCTION: There is motto that boasts a claim for both corporations and individuals which says, "Here are four words that hold the key to success—-MAKE YOURSELF MORE USEFUL!"  (adapted from Meggido Message)

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul mentions several things and then concludes by saying "that you may lack nothing." Therefore, this short list is powerful and calls us to examine ourselves to see if we are in alignment with these principles that help us to have what we need to live how we need to live. They too should be consider principles of success.

TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 4:9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

1. Increase in Your Love Toward All the Brethren v9-10

One of the key components to success is love. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:8 that "Love never fails." The more you love the more you reflect God's heart and the more God's heart affects you. There is favor in walking in the love of God. 

In today's church environments where there are so many divisions, denominations, and differences, God smiles on those who join their hearts in agreement with what Jesus prayed in John 17 that we "all would be one even as he and the Father are one." We must find the place of unity without compromising what Jesus and the Father hold dear between them. This does not mean that you will be able to walk in unity with everyone who claims to follow Christ but I am sure it means we will walk in unity to a greater degree with those we can. The circle is bigger than most of us have made it. The first major hurdle for the early church was at this very juncture and the willingness of the early disciples to finally accept the Gentiles into their numbers was a major step toward God's heart.

ILLUSTRATION: In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote, "Do not waste your time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less." (Our Daily Bread)

Psalm 133 is a beautiful picture and promise to us of the power of unity…..and favor for those in unity. There is a commanded blessing from God upon unity.

PS 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

One sure way we can position ourselves to avoid lack is by not cutting people out of the herd that God has included in the herd. Who knows, one of those persons may the person God has ordained to open a door for you.

2. Aspire to Live a Quiet Life v11

One sure way to get in a  bind is to choose to be a noisy self-promoting pride-filled individual who constantly is spouting out orders to the rest of the world as to what they should be doing while neglecting your own soul. Christians are to be a prayerful deliberate people who are led by God …..not by the latest fad of the world.

Does the following remind you of yourself in anyway"

ILLUSTRATION: The "Coronary and Ulcer Club" lists the following rules for members…

1. Your job comes first. Forget everything else.

2. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are fine times to be working at the office. There will be nobody else there to bother you.

3. Always have your briefcase with you when not at your desk. This provides an opportunity to review completely all the troubles and worries of the day.

4. Never say "no" to a request. Always say "yes."

5. Accept all invitations to meetings, banquets, committees, etc.

6. All forms of recreation are a waste of time.

7. Never delegate responsibility to others; carry the entire load yourself.

8. If your work calls for traveling, work all day and travel at night to keep that appointment you made for eight the next morning.

9. No matter how many jobs you already are doing, remember you always can take on more.
(Bits and Pieces–January 7, 1993.)

There is not enough listening in today's world. We are called to a simple and quiet life of submission and dependence on God. In humility we are to patiently wait, listen, and then act in faith as we are led by the Holy Spirit. Yet, the truth is we are inundated by opinions endlessly all around us. We must learn to tune these things out and tune the Holy Spirit in. 

A noisy life is a distracted life. A distracted life is an off center life. An off center life is a life out of the will of God. A life out of God's will will miss blessings that could have been received.

What is the noise level in your life? When is the last time you have had a mini-retreat just for an hour or so to just be with God? I am not trying to induce guilty….I am just asking if you are aspiring to live a quiet life/ A quiet life has to be a life with some quiet in it. A quiet life has to be a life that knows how to stop the noise getting to one's soul and the noise being released from one's soul.

3. Mind Your Own Business v11

The third thing Paul mentions is minding one's own business. This is not an injunction to helping other's in need, but it is a mandate to take care of yourself and your own business and avoid mettling in everybody else's. Often a person who is constantly in everybody else's grill is simply avoided dealing with what is in their own trunk.

I believe Paul is telling people to avoid finding yourself without what you need, you need to avoid sharing your mind on what you think everybody else needs or does not need to do.

This is a command for the Archie Bunkers of the world to keep their mouths shut. In our culture we are surrounded by a media culture of talking heads arguing about what everybody else needs to do. We must choose to be people who take care of our business at home and then let God direct us to what we need to really do to help other people.

To "mind one's own business" at the very least implies quit minding everybody else's business to the neglect of your own. This is not about not helping people. It is about not hurting other people by broadcasting their business or problems or troubles.

ILLUSTRATION: The word "gossip" has an interesting origin, and came to have its present meaning by a roundabout route. Originally it came from the Anglo-Saxon word "godsib," which meant "related to God." The word referred to a sponsor at one's baptism. Thus a "godsib" was a close friend who was familiar with you and knew all about you.
It didn't take long for the idea of "knowing about you" to change to "telling all about you," and the present meaning of the word 'gossip" was born. (The Friend)

Who wants to hire someone who will constantly broadcast to others everything they see wrong with the company for whom they work? 

4. Be Willing to Work Hard with Your Own Hands v11

There seems to be a progression here because the person who always is trying to mind somebody else's business often will not lift a finger to help anyone even themselves. So Paul, here calls his readers to be good workers. This is a very practical truth….a good worker has a better chance of employment than someone who refuses to work.

The goal of a worker is not just to make a wage but to make a profit for the people for whom they work as well. It is foolish to be lazy on the job and rob your employer of money that could be your future raise if you only worked harder. Christians should be the best workers in the marketplace. We should live in such a way that when there is a job opportunity the employer is thinking, I need to hire a Christian because they are the best workers. They are hard workers. They are honest. They are diligent. They want the company to succeed.

ILLUSTRATION: A boy came to the home of a minister in Los Angeles and applied for a position. Now it happened that the household was already well supplied with servants; so the minister's wife said, "I am sorry, but we really haven't enough work to keep another boy busy."

"Madam," said the Oriental politely, "I am sure that you have. You may not know what a little bit of work it takes to keep me employed."(Adapted from Record of Christian Work)

Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying if you are struggling with unemployment that you are lazy or not a hard worker. These are hard times for many. I am simply saying to us all, being hard workers with a willingness to give our best in the marketplace positions us for greater success than when refuse to take the initiative to do what we can do and should do.

5. Conduct Yourself Properly with All People v12

We must always realize that how we act paints the picture of what we believe. The world is watching. We must conduct ourselves in a way that speaks well of our Master. Even the lost world around us knows it is wiser for them to partner with people who conduct themselves properly in their relationship with other people.

ILLUSTRATION: W. Michael Blumenthal, chairman of Unisys, talks about the mistakes he made in hiring: In choosing people for top positions, you have to try to make sure they have a clear sense of what is right and wrong, a willingness to be truthful, the courage to say what they think and to do what they think is right, even if the politics militate against that. This is the quality that should really be at the top. I was too often impressed by the intelligence and substantive knowledge of an individual and did not always pay enough attention to the question of how honest, courageous and good a person the individual really was. (Jerry Flint, in Forbes Magazine)

Too often, the world testifies to how they were cheated or mistreated by someone calling themselves a "Christian." For sure, the bullets always fly toward believers but we must avoid supplying them with the ammunition by the way we live.

CONCLUSION: How are you doing when it comes to these 5 areas? In what area do you feel the most challenged? Are you willing right now to ask God for His grace and help in this area? What difference could there be in your life if you experience a greater degree of these changes in your life? Do you feel you have been missing God's blessing because of a deficit in one or more of these areas? Why not do something about that right now? Why not tend to this business in your own soul right now? 

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