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Jul 27

Increasing Joy

Increasing Joy      By Dr. Jonathan Beck

‘…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love…’ Phil 2:2

The best team is one that is on the same page.  They view their business from the same perspective.  Paul puts it in these terms: being like-minded, having the same love… (Phil 2:2).  Like-minded does not mean that everyone thinks the same things, but that they are committed to the same core values.  During the industrial revolution there was a move toward mass production – even people were seen as cogs in the machine.  However, businesses now days know the value of what they call ‘culture’.  When hiring, it is important to find competent people who have good character and a chemistry with those they will be working with.  However, if they are not the right cultural fit, it can be a disaster. 

Marion Wade was a minor league baseball player who founded ServiceMaster.  Marion was a committed Christian who built that extraordinary company on the principles of 1) Honoring God, 2) Developing People, 3) Pursuing Excellence, and 4) Making a Profit.  The first two principles described their core values and end goals.  The third and fourth described how they would get there.  ServiceMaster hired many people of varying faiths and socio-economic backgrounds.  ServiceMaster valued the different talent, expertise and experience that everyone brought to the table.  The company continually talked about what it meant to ‘honor God’ in all their interactions with employees, clients, and vendors.  ServiceMaster succeeded beyond Marion Wade’s expectations because he tapped into the secret of being committed to building a God-honoring culture.

The same is true for our church.  Where do our core values come from?  John Wesley, founder of Methodism, often talked about the ‘primacy of Scripture’.  For Wesley, Scripture was not a guideline to be referred to now and then; it was God’s will revealed to us.  The Holy Spirit uses the words of Scripture to inform our intellects, to strengthen our wills, and then to help us put it into practice.  Paul writes in Romans 12:2, ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ Munholland UMC is committed to allowing the Holy Spirit shape us through Scripture, so that we will be a body that reflects the culture of the Kingdom of God.

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