Putting God First

1 John 2: 15-17, Titus 2:11-12: 

Don’t you ever wonder how you can be devoted to your earthly job and serve God at the same time.  Doesn’t God realize that I need my earthly job (my unethical earthly job) to survive? Doesn’t God get it that if I don’t give my job 110% that I will lose it and my family will starve?

A while ago, I worked as an assistant manager at a fast food restaurant.  The previous manager had been let go because sales were down. He operated the shop extremely unethically.

The cooks would cook a bunch of food at the start of the shift and leave it in the warmer for four to six hours.  YUCK!!

I had to teach them to cook as the food was ordered.

This created strife and I had to explain my strategy to the manager.

The manager was hesitant they said that the food would not get out quick enough. They complained we would have a lot of waste. I asked him to give my way a chance.

I explained that for the most part people would not mind waiting if they received HOT food.  Who likes Cold fries?   But Hot ones?

I am not a fry person, but if they are hot, I might eat half a box. A fry person if they have time, might order an extra box.

After a couple of weeks there was a review and the sales had started to rise. As word got around that there was a NEW evening manager and the food tasted better sales rose and soon our restaurant was very busy.

What happened? I brought God into the equation. When we are being ethical in our work, we are honoring God. When we are honoring God, He will bless us.

John: 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Titus: 11For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age

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