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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF Outreach vs. Apple: which is more important?

October 11th, 2011

Are you a boss, or have you had a boss, or have you seen a boss that is absolutely by-the-book?

Every little detail must be perfect.

By now you’ve heard that Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, passed away last week, and he was just that type of boss. But… the company showed that his exacting standards paid off, and Apple’s attention to detail has been a trademark of their success.

While I like to toy with Apple products and appreciate the flash of everything new they produce, what I can learn from the most is their rigid and unmoving attention to detail. Steve Jobs’ philosophy of business permeates the whole company, and many people say it will live on indefinitely.

We look at a company like that and really appreciate its investment to society (just look at all the iPads and iPhones in our church alone!) We look at a man like Steve Jobs and say, “What a visionary!”

But, it seems like all-too-often we lift companies like that up on a pedestal in the business sense and yet seldom give that philosophy another thought anywhere else.

You might be a boss or you might have a boss who is absolutely rigid about being on time. Even if you don’t have a RIGID boss, try showing up late every day and see what happens! Even the laid-back, happy-go-lucky bosses will begin to notice and make some corrections!

Just try missing work without a good reason and see what happens! Uh oh! Resume time all over again… new job, here I come! You’d be fired!

So… while we’re very attentive to our work schedules and responsibilities, shouldn’t that level of detail permeate our lives? Writing on behalf of the church, from a spiritual perspective, I want to ask this: is it ever okay to give MORE attention to your work demands than that which really matters… God’s demands?

“God’s demands, Bro. Ryan? You make God sound like this big, demanding, angry guy-in-the-sky!”

Well, I’ll use a Bible word: commandments. Demands.

I don’t mean to be unkind! I’m also not trying to make it sound like I’ve got it all down! I’m just trying to make a logical point, that God ought to receive at least as much dedication as anything else in our lives. That’s basically the first commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

While this principle applies to all areas of the Christian walk, I happen to bring it up in regards to being faithful and on time to church because of a new outreach program we’re about to launch in the Teens of Faith. I’m VERY excited about what we’ll be doing, and as we have guests come to our class it will be essential to have every teen on board to greet them. What better way to be involved in soul-winning than to start with the souls that God brings to us!

If it has always been your habit to be early, what a great asset you are allowing yourself to be in our church. As you greet and welcome people with a friendly smile, as you encourage people, as you are available to help your teacher do whatever needs to be done that morning… you have NO idea how God could use your “living sacrifice” every time you come to church. But you have to be present and on time for God to use you that way. Parents, please consider allowing and encouraging your teens to be involved in outreach simply by… showing up. 🙂 Sounds easy to serve God when you put it that way! Lets all do our part in the body. (1 Cor. 14)

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