Papa Joe’s Solid Ground

Opportunity Missed, a Testimony

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.”(Matt. 16:24-27)

Being a Christ follower can be very costly, and in some areas of the world that may mean forfeiting your life. Just mentioning the name of Jesus can cause an uproar in any conversation apart from the body of Christ. Today in my country, the USA, we seem to be taking God out of everything. We don’t want to offend anyone so let’s not allow His name or practices to interfere with our way of life.

“I remember one particular missed opportunity I was given to speak into the lives of a number of men, and women who were employed at a car dealership.” The scenario went something like this;

First Step; There was a conference the dealership hosted at a local hotel, which was a think tank and training session to help our sales department increase their personal sales. We were split up into small groups and there were a number of questions on do’s, and don’t s while attempting to sell a vehicle. Who ever found the best solutions to meet all the objections through the sales process, would win a $100 bill, and the honor of representing their group on the next assignment.

The next step; Now upon applying these instructions, and gaining a better method of salesmanship, what would we do with the increased commissions? How would that better our life? I just happened to be one of the winners among the 5-7 groups present. As I sat there listening to most all of the groups, before it was my turn, I was amazed at how this turned out. The first man started out with a night on the town with all the trimmings. A new limo to pick him up, fully stocked with liquor, food, and he had the ability to drive around town until he said stop. Money was no problem because of his success. To him this was a better life, a goal he considered worthy of achieving.

So the next man came up and shared his story as to how he would spend his money, and create a better life. What was his great plan? His bright, and shiny limo was longer, had two sunroof’s, a color TV, and a portable grill to barbecue on! He added to the original man’s story, and did not have a story or plan of his own. Each man that went up allowed the limo to get longer, and added more stuff which in their eyes made a better life for themselves.

Well it finally got around to me, and while being inundated with all this worldly garbage I blew it, and added to that limo story making it the biggest, and the best. My presentation was terrible, ineffective, and a lie. My God, how disappointing I am to you. I could have shared my love for You, the wonderful family You have given me. How You have changed my life and given me hope out of hopelessness. How life is all about relationships first with You, and then with our family, friends. I could have shared your beautiful salvation message and the eternal life you promise those who believe.

“Our legacy has nothing to do with stuff but everything to do with our relationship with God, and by being obedient to Him He transforms us into being His own for eternity. Relationships With our God, our family, and our friends, create a legacy today that honors God. Invest in Him, He is the way the truth and the life.“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt 16:26)

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!