King's Business - 1938-09

November, 1938


T H E K I N G ’ S B U S I N E S S

NOTES on Christian Endeavor

Y Which of These Mistakes in English Do You Make? “ Leave them lay there»** “ Between you and I** “ Down the aveNOO.** “ Put it under accounts recIEvable.** W HY do people make simple mistakes which can do them more harm in their business


eries or of the sweatshop clothing industry, or some information about the profits of the Krupp Works—perhaps of munition fac­ tories nearer home. For example, Konrad Norden in Clarte, Paris states: “From 1812 on, . . . there has not been a military con­ flict in which the house of Krupp has not been found on both sides . . . People who are in a position to know have estimated that Krupp's net profit during the World W ar was 800 million marks and not 226 million as previously stated.” (From "Krupp, Germany’s Master,” in the Maga­ zine Digest, March, 1938.) It is helpful to show that ruthless greed ruins the lives of those who share in the profits, those who do the work, and those who suffer on the battlefield or in bombed cities. But a consideration of only the unfair profits that others are making is likely to end in nothing but talk. The primary need in a meeting on this topic is to help each Christian Endeavorer to come face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ, allowing Him to search the motives of the individual heart and the goals of the life.-—I. M. S. II. B u sin ess and S ainthood Is there such a thing as a saint in the business world of today? . . . The word “saint,” of course, simply means a sep­ arated or sanctified person—saved by the blood of Christ. Therefore all truly born- again persons are saints. But in popular usage the word is applied to Christians whose lives are radiant with the presence and power of Christ. And there are saints of this sort in the business world today, probably more than we realize; they are "the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world,” as the Lord designated His disci­ ples, and God uses them to keep this world from decomposition and utter darkness. —The Sunday School Times. DECEMBER 11, 1938 WHY HAVE A CONSCIENCE ABOUT LIQUOR? 1 C orinthians 6:19, 20; R omans 14:21 Meditation on the Lesson Man, being made in the image of God, is a triune being—body, soul, and spirit In the Scriptures, great emphasis is laid on the soul and the spirit. God nowhere intimates, however, that they should be developed to the neglect of the body, which, in the case of the believer, is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. The Word of God teaches that the Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that it is fitting to glorify God through it (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). Anything which impairs one’s reason, or injures his body is obviously contrary to God's will for living a normal, worth-while

DECEMBER 4, 1938 DAMAGING LIVES FOR PROFIT J am es 5:1-3; M a tth ew 6:19-21 Meditation on the Lesson Throughout Scripture the Lord condemns the thought of working toward a purely materialistic goal. Spiritual values are al­ ways given the preeminent place in God’s economy. Paul summed the matter up when he said: "The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” It is only as the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ and we find our complete satisfaction in Him that we can get a long-range view of life values. It is useless to tell a miser or a gambler that he must not center his thought upon the piles of silver in front of him. He must discover the riches of Christ before he can turn from cankerous lucre. It is impossible that a life completely given over to the service of Christ should grope habitually for the lower things of this world. Truly, “the love of money [not the money itself] is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). Earthly gain can become a barrier to spiritual progress. James gives a stern warning to the rich who have gained their wealth unjustly (Jas. 5:1; cf. v. 4 ). Money, when consecrated to the service of Christ, never rusts. It is only when it is hoarded in miserly selfishness or is spent recklessly in pleasure that it rusts or cankers, and be­ comes a witness against the one who is mis­ using it. Matthew also records God's will concern­ ing the principle which should govern the purpose and plans of men regarding money. In this Gospel we are encouraged to lay up "treasures in heaven__For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:20, 21). It has been said that man has three pos­ sible objectives toward which he may work: God, gold, or glory. The Christian young man or young woman who is entirely con­ cerned with pleasing God, and who de­ sires to serve Him, will not have time to concentrate efforts upon gaining gold or glory for self. Money may come to such a one as a by-product. But when we see the Lord Jesus Christ, and remember that "though he was rich,” yet for our sakes He became poor (2 Cor. 8 :9 ), our business affairs in relation to others will be honor­ able, and there will be no desire to take advantage of others for gold’s sake. God, gold, or glory—which is your goal?

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