A Fruitful Businessman
Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).
Leroy Eger owned his own construction business in a growing metropolis on the Florida coast. Wanting to be a good steward of what God had given him, he committed every aspect of it to the Lord Jesus.
When a recession hit the building industry in his area, however, jobs began to get harder to find and the contracts became less profitable. Bills piled up, and he had to lay off some of his workers. Leroy found himself working longer hours. He tells how he no longer shared his faith in Christ with those he came in contact with each day, and was constantly getting irritated with his family.
Several times, his wife mentioned his change of attitude, but he was so wrapped up in his problems and the day-to-day details of his work that he didn't listen to her. Each day he found it harder to turn the decisions he made in his business over to the Lord.
Finally, a family crisis made him stop and reevaluate his attitude. He was amazed at how little he now trusted God with his life. He wondered how he could have slipped so far away from his first commitment to give every part of his business to the Lord Jesus.
Thankfully, he confessed his lack of trust in the Lord Jesus and began to put God first in his life again. Leroy was a fruitful witness for our Lord for many years. In fact, this beloved friend of more than 25 years was used by the Holy Spirit to help train many, many thousands of people in sharing their faith and living the Spirit-filled life. He also faithfully served on our Board of Directors.
Not long ago I stood by his hospital bedside. Here he lay, possibly at the point of death and apart from a miracle he knew he may not leave that hospital alive. But as we talked and prayed he assured me of his supernatural peace. The Comforter was there with him producing in his life love, joy and peace. Leroy recovered this time, but it was not long before this saint of a man and good friend did depart to be with the Lord. He did so in great victory and in peace.
That is the heritage of every believer from the time we receive Christ until He takes us to Himself. We can know the reality of His comfort in times of heartache, sorrow, adversity, financial difficulties, loss of loved ones, or whatever the occasion, for He is the God of all comfort. "(He) always causeth us to triumph in Christ" (2 Corinthians 2:14, KJV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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