Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
“I’m thinking of entering professional ministry,” a young man said to me. “What do you want to do?” I asked him. “I’m not sure,” he replied, “but I want to do something in ministry full-time. I want God to use my life and don’t see much opportunity for that in my work.”
I didn’t get into a lengthy discussion with him since his remark was made casually in passing. It did remind me again, though, of the deception that so many people have fallen for in regard to their work. Like this young man, they think that the routine work in their job isn’t that spiritual, compared to the work of those who are pastors, missionaries, and so on.
This common viewpoint is a ploy of the enemy to dilute the effectiveness of Christ expressing His life through our lives. The truth is that your profession, no matter what it may be, is holy. The word holy means “set apart.” There is no dualistic world where some things are spiritual and some aren’t. Whether you are a teacher, a doctor, a clerk, a salesman….it makes no difference. Your work is holy because of who you are. You are holy, and as you express Christ’s life, whatever you do is holy.
A high-speed drag racing machine can do nothing on its own. It must have a skilled mechanic nurture every aspect of its mechanical nature. It must also have a seasoned driver guiding it down the racetrack. There is no magic involved in the process as the mechanic maintains, massages, and makes the decisions to motivate his machine to maneuver mightily down the track.
And so it is with every drag racing machine, as it all begins with every big and little part…bought at a speed mart…assembled by someone smart…maybe with cylinder heads made by dart…thus becoming a piece of art…created deep within the mechanic’s heart.
Hard work is what it takes to become a successful drag racer. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears go into all the preparation, assembly, and maintenance of a well-oiled machine which will hopefully pay premium dividends in the long run.
There is no magic formula to having success in racing. We all know it takes lots of money, lots of work, lots of brains, lots of time, lots of imagination, lots of maintenance, and even a lot of headaches, to have a successful career in the world of motorsports.
The business world is fueled the same way. A successful company doesn’t use magic to end up as a top rated corporation on the NYSE. Many minds made multiple management decisions to move from mediocre to mighty in a matter of many months. Maintaining a successful business takes a lot more maintenance than anticipating a few good breaks.
Even in God’s kingdom—I hate to disappoint you—there is no magic formula. It does require maintenance of your own spiritual life once you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. No modern magic, just a momentary determination to put your faith and trust in Christ. No formula or set words, just wholehearted willingness to have hope in eternal life with your Creator.
There is no magic involved with Team RFC® either. We have built, and we continue to build on a plan to maintain our integrity towards Almighty God first, then towards our staff and our valued constituency. This plan requires strict maintenance of always taking the high road in all of our dealings in ministry, i.e., doctrine, statement of faith, code of ethics, adhering to the principles of God’s Word, much time in prayer, demonstrating the fruit of the spirit, and above all else be obedient to the call of God.
Being a racer is not easy, as it requires hard work and dedication. Likewise, being a Christian is not easy either, as it also requires hard work, dedication to the Lord, and a constant show of growth and maturity in your walk with Jesus.
Unfortunately, too many people accept Christ as their Savior, then think it’s a done deal, the job is finished, the end is determined, the finish line has been crossed.
Tell me, why on earth would someone go to all the trouble (and expense) to build a competitive drag racing machine then never take it to a racetrack to race it? It doesn’t make sense to go to all the effort to become a racer, but never actually race.
The same holds true in the life of a Christian. What is the motive to go through the motions of becoming a believer, and then never utilize what the Spirit of God has in store for the rest of your earthly life? If you don’t want Jesus now—if He’s not that important to you—why would you want Him for eternity?
If drag racers had the chance to race for eternity, I’m sure ninety nine percent of the candidates would give it their very best effort. And why wouldn’t you when you’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime?
Well, the offer of eternity is presented to everyone, including you, so why would you not want the best offer ever given in the entire universe? It was offered to me and I jumped all over it! And I’m still learning, enjoying, growing, and trying to be the best disciple of Jesus I can with the gifts I’ve been given.
My desire is to share this offer with as many people as I can. Back in my B.C. days (Before Christ), I gave it my best shot to share drag racing with everyone I knew. We turned on a lot of people to drag racing—besides turning them on to a few other things—unknowingly at that time steering friends and family down the wrong track.
The way to the track was wide open and waiting for yours truly and all my best buddies and family to get on the road that leads to life. Getting off the wrong road isn’t always easy and it never requires any type of magic, just Messiah!
As believers, we all need a maintenance program that keeps us going in the right direction. “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” (Colossians 3:1-2 NIV).
Many people set goals for themselves in an effort to succeed. Maintain your racing machine. Maintain your health. Maintain your emotions. Maintain your spiritual life. Maintain your eternity through conforming to the Word of God. Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” That transformation is not magic; it’s simply following a spiritual maintenance program that renews your thought process, all the while being guided by your heart.
Therefore, you must maintain a simple maintenance program that will get you through the good times and the not so good times in life. A strict maintenance program ensures reliability in most things. Remember, an engine can wear out, or break, even with a good maintenance program. But a routine maintenance plan is always advised for best results.
The spiritual life of any human can also breakdown, even with a good maintenance plan—because the enemy is like a roaring lion ready to devour you—but there is less chance of failure if your plan includes God in the picture every day…in an ordinary and simple way…remember to leave out the foul play…so your mind doesn’t sway…think about God before you hit the hay…or race on Mission Bay…with God there’s never any area that’s gray.
There are lots of books on how to build a house, build a boat, build a car, build a motor, build a career, build a business, and how to build a family. And there is one Book that will teach you how to build an eternal life after you’ve made a decision for Christ.
This Book was written for farmers, fisherman, flock-tenders, and floundering faithful fellows who knew what it finally meant to find and fabricate a full-blown maintenance factory following the Father’s formal offer.
Tuning a nitro fed engine isn’t magic; it simply comes from years of experience and years of trial and error. The trials can cost you to lose some sleep, and the errors can cost you to lose some money, but it still takes some kind of a maintenance plan to be successful.
I’m sure you have a maintenance plan for your racing program. But if you don’t have a spiritual game plan for your life, I know where you can get one and it’s free. This Manual outlines how to win the most important race of your life, and it’s really quite easy.
If you get stuck on any part of it, simply go to the Author and ask for some help. If you can’t reach the Author, let me know and I’ll try and reach Him for you, or better yet, let’s reach Him together. But He is there if you sincerely try.
Corrie ten Boom said it best, “I’ve held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.” It’s not magic…it’s maintenance.
I’ve tried God’s maintenance program and it really works. It’s easy to read, it’s easy to remember, it’s easy to rely on, and it’s easy to relate to His righteous regimen, and you’ll be amazed at the results.
Remember: Success is never owned. It’s rented…and the rent is due every single day.
In basic terms, simply trust in the Messiah and He will show you what you can gain…with minimal pain…even growing sugar cane…you won’t have to refrain…or take the next train…it’s okay to watch the moon wane…but remember the Lord’s plan will keep you sane.
By Jim Jack
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Does it feel like you are on a spiritual or religious treadmill? Get off! You may find it gratifying in the short run, but over the long haul it will drain you. Listen, God offers you much more than that. He wants you to experience Him within the soothing rhythm of grace. However, to know that kind of intimacy with Him, you must stop any religious hyperventilating you have mistaken for a grace walk, calm down, and do what is born from the expression of Christ within you. God doesn’t need you to break the three-minute mile for Him. He just wants you to enjoy Him, knowing that everything else in your life will flow out from that. Friends, get off the religious treadmill and just put your eyes on Him. He will do “the rest” in you.
The other day, I was watching the animals in my backyard eat from a pile of birdseed. Squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and all sorts of birds were eating together. When a new animal arrived, no one seemed to notice; however, if any one animal heard a strange sound, every animal ran or flew away. This process happened over and over again – animals would gather, hear a sound and become startled, fly or run away, and then slowly return. After a while, the squirrels and rabbits stopped running away, but the chipmunks and the birds continued to be nervous and eventually the chipmunks stayed away altogether; they never learned that they were safe.
Watching them reminded me of how we (humans) often behave the same way. God gives us everything we could need and all we have to do is have faith. We accept his graciousness and relax a little bit, but at the very first sign of trouble, we often run away. We lose our faith that God knows what is best for us and flee his comforting arms. Slowly, though, we move back to Him, inch by inch. We feel safe again and accept his grace only to run at the slightest mention of trouble yet again. After a while, some will learn to trust God and will stay with Him, but others will continue to flee and still others will never return.
How often will we run away from God before we realize we can truly trust Him? Are we not more important to God than all other living things?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26 NASB)
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are al
So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
May you be faithful and trust in the Lord with all your heart.