Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Network Marketing (Part 2, Conclusion)
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
1 Corinthians 14:12 (NKJV)
Your zeal has stirred up the majority.
2 Corinthians 9:2 (NKJV)
If zeal can stir up a majority, for what (or Whom) are we zealous? What flame of passion are we fanning?

Concerning food, clothing, shelter, jobs, and wages: 'Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:32-33).

It's a matter of our priorities: 'I have this against you, that you have left your first love' (Revelation 2:4).

We serve a passionate God Who loved us first. Wearing His 'Zeal as a cloak' (Isaiah 59:17), He expects us to be 'Very zealous for the Lord God of hosts' (1 Kings 19:14) in return. Passion is love in action.

Passion is a calling card of network marketers. But it's not passion for Christ, nor even for the products that they market. Their primary objective is one of converting disciples to their company for the purpose of making money. It's evangelism.

If an 'evangelist' is 'any zealous advocate of a cause' (World English Dictionary), I ask three questions of Christians who are network marketing evangelists:

1. Which product line are you persistently and passionately presenting to your ever-widening circle of influence? A. The profitability of Jesus Christ, B. The profitably of anything else--(Hint: Matthew 28:19).

2. Who is at the top of your upline? A: God, B: Anyone else, C: Both--(Hint: Luke 16:13).

3. Which bank account do you consider most often? A: Your Heavenly account, B: Your earthly account--(Hint: Matthew 6:19-20).

Working with enthusiasm is important. However, 'the majority' we seek to influence must be for Christ and the prize we seek must be His smile. He is our first love.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Network Marketing series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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