I don’t write many strictly business posts these days, even though I spent more than 20 years in that world. This article caught my attention though:
(Click on the title to read the article. Basically, bonds are now outpacing stocks on a 30-year average return.)
I can’t help but believe this isn’t great news for a capitalistic economy. In a very simplistic view, stocks are based more on the assumption of risk. Bonds are based more on the assumption of security. When a capitalistic economy stops taking risks, it’s ceasing to live up to what it was designed to do. (I realize many times investors are looking for options other than stocks, but it doesn’t negate my point about a capitalistic society.)
What difference does all this make in terms of my calling now…as a pastor?
Well, I think the same is true for me (and those with similar callings). I see too many people in positions of leadership in the church who become comfortable and resist walking by faith.
When we stop taking the risks involved in fully surrendering to God’s will…when we become complacent or satisfied…we cease to live up to what we’ve been designed to do.
Is God placing something on your heart?
God calls us to things which require personal risk. Following God requires great faith, even more so the longer we follow Him. People don’t always agree when you step into “God-following” territory. It may even appear at times we are going to fail, at least in the short run. God callings often take years to see returns from the investment. Don’t settle for what appears secure at the time. It never really is!
If God says “Go”, do so in spite of your fears!
Be honest pastor,have you been settling for what’s comfortable these days?
Also, do you have an interest in business or politics, in addition to your God-calling? (Please don’t leave me alone here.)