Feb 18, 2013

"The Story of A Generous Business Partner"

 Author Unknown...

One day, a very wealthy man was walking on the road. Along the way, he saw a beggar on the sidewalk. The rich man looks kindly on the beggar and asked, "How did you become a beggar?"

The beggar said, "Sir, I've been applying for a job for a year now but haven't found any. You look like a rich man. Sir, if you'll give me a job, I'll stop begging."

The rich man smiled and said, "I want to help you. But I won't give you a job. I'll do something better. I want you to be my business partner. Let's start a business together."

The beggar blinked hard. He didn't understand what the older man was saying. "What do you mean, Sir?"

"I own a rice plantation. You could sell my rice in the market. I'll provide you the sacks of rice. I'll pay the rent for the market stall. I'll even give you food allowance everyday for the next 30 days. All you'll have to do is sell my rice. And at the end of the month, as Business Partners, we'll share in the profits."

Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks. "Oh Sir," he said, "you're a gift from Heaven. You're the answer to my prayers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" He then paused and said, "Sir, how will we divide the profits? Do I keep 10% and you get the 90%? Do I keep 5% and you get the 95%? I'll be happy with any arrangement."

The rich man shook his head and chuckled. "No, I want you to give me the 10%. And you keep the 90%."

For a moment, the beggar couldn't speak. When he tried to speak, it was gibberish. "Uh, gee, uh, wow, I mean, huh?" He couldn't believe his ears. The deal was too preposterous.

The rich man laughed more loudly. He explained, "I don't need the money, my friend. I'm already wealthy beyond what you can ever imagine. I want you to give me 10% of your profits so you grow in faithfulness and gratitude."

The beggar knelt down before his benefactor and said, "Yes Sir, I will do as you say. Even now, I'm so grateful for what you've done for me!"

And so that was what happened…

He Forgets Where The Blessings Came From

Each day, the beggar—now dressed a little bit better—operated a store selling rice in the market. He worked very hard. He woke up early in the morning and slept late at night. And sales were brisk, also because the rice was of good quality. And after 30 days, the profits were astounding.

At the end of the month, as the ex-beggar was counting the money, and liking very much the feeling of money in his hands, an idea grew in his mind. He told himself, "Gee, why should I give 10% to my Business Partner? I didn't see him the whole month! I was the one who was working day and night for this business. I did all this work! I deserve the 100% profits!"

A few minutes later, the rich man was knocking on the door to collect his 10% of the profits. The ex-beggar opened the door and said, "You don't deserve the 10%. I worked hard for this. I deserve all of it!" And he slammed the door.

If you were his Business Partner, how would you feel?

Friend, this is exactly what happens to us…

God Gave Us Everything, God is Our Business Partner

God gave us life—every single moment, every single breath, every single second… God gave us talents—ability to talk, to create, to earn money… God gave us a body—eyes, ears,   mouth,   hands,   feet,  heart… God gave us mind—  imagination,   emotions,   reasoning,   language…

So we need to give back Our Business Partner something in return.

God Bless you all !!!!!


Few Quotes Many Pastors Won't Preach

Jesus was crucified, not in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves.
George F. MacLeod

The Cross cannot be defeated, for it is defeat.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

There are no Crown-wearers in Heaven who were not Cross-bearers here below.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

We need Men of the Cross, with the Message of the Cross, bearing the Marks of the Cross.
Vance Havner

Christ’s Cross is such a burden as sails are to a ship or wings to a bird.
Samuel Rutherford

He came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.

The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses.
The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.
A.W. Tozer

All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell is terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.
Oswald Chambers

The Cross: God’s way of uniting suffering with love.
Georgia Harkness

The figure of the Crucified invalidates all thought which takes success for its standard.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.
A.   W. Tozer in “The Old Cross and the New.”