In a Scottish cemetery a tombstone had these words -
Here lies Hamish McTavish
Whose deeply sorrowing widow continues
To carry on his grocery business
At 111 High Street
Open daily until 8:00 p.m.
I guess you could say that business is business. When Jesus was but twelve years of age He was in the temple discussing with the religious leaders the things of God. When found by His parents, He said, “Do you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” When Jesus taught the people the true meaning of the Old Testament scriptures He was in engaged in the Father’s business (Luke 24:44). When He spoke of love and forgiveness to the lost He was about the Father’s business (Luke 7:47-50). When He confirmed the word with His miraculous works He was in the Father’s business (John 20:30-31). When He built His church that was the Father’s business (Matthew 16:18).
Christ extends an invitation for all to come (Matthew 11:28-30) and be engaged in this business that is truly profitable not only in this life but in the life to come (I Timothy 4:8). One can be so busy with business of every kind that the Father’s business is forgotten all together. Let us not just be concerned with how to make a living but also how to live. Life without a moral compass, without a sure foundation, without hope, without love, without faith, is a life without any answers, it leaves us spiritually bankrupt. But God has provided through the Lord Jesus Christ the true “abundant life” (John 10:10). Any can come and learn the beauty and simplicity of New Testament Christianity.
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