Friday, April 13th, 2012
Network Marketing (Part 1)
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:46-47 (NKJV)
Network marketing isn't new. It was used by early Christians who were 'breaking bread from house to house.' Undoubtedly, they shared the good news of Jesus Christ and brought in new believers... who brought in new believers... who brought in new believers.
They were committed and persistent evangelists. Consequently, 'The Word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region' (Acts 13:49).
Today, many Christians are committed and persistent evangelists with different news; it's not the Word of the Lord being spread throughout all the region, but the word of profitability. Passion for Jesus doesn't seem to match their passion to please us--with documented reports of network marketing fortunes.
Profitable downlines reap vacations, new cars, and bulging bank accounts--if the believers can spread the word about the profits to others... who can spread the word about the profits to others... Eventually, the most faithful will reap a heavenly profit. Or is it?
Jesus asks, 'What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?' (Mark 8:36).
Arguably, the Apostle Paul could be Christianity's greatest network marketer. The details of his compensation package seem counter-productive by worldly standards: 'Not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved' (1 Corinthians 10:33).
Paul's plan follows orders from the Chairman of Heaven's Board. He advises new recruits on proper accounting: 'Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth' (2 Timothy 2:15).
The proper division of the Word of Truth is uncountably more important than the proper division of the payment level.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Network Marketing series.