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Summary: If we are working for ourselves, then we are in a miserable business.

Getting into God’s Business

(Ecc. 4:7-8)

“Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless – a miserable business!” - Ecc.4:7-8

The Bible says this man…

Had no -son


he was -all alone

he was -never satisfied with what he had

he -worked harder and harder to gain more and


Finally he begins to ask… “For whom and I laboring?

"Why am I depriving myself?”


-“It is a meaningless and a miserable business”!!!!

What business are you in today?

-healthcare business

-the restaurant business

-The lumber business

-The teaching business

-Or even ….. The church business.

***If you’re not in God’s business you are in a

meaningless and a miserable business***

-If you get into God’s business it doesn’t matter what

your occupation is – you will be satisfied and


1)What is God’s business?

-God’s business is the redemption business.

JN. 3:16 “For God so love the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting Life.”

2Pet. 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

Jesus even commanded His disciples to carry on with the same attitude…

Mat.28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

*God is not willing that anyone should perish in their sins…Anything thing that leads people to repentance is God’s Business.

-The salvation of souls is God’s business

-Missions is Gods business.

-God is in the redemption business!

*We live in a lost world

*We live in a lost town

-it is a moral town… (you cannot walk up to

the corner and pick up a pornographic news

paper for $ .50 like you can in LA)

-It is a clean town… (you don’t have graffiti

on the side of the buildings)

-It is a safe town… (The only drive by

shootings are when hunters shoot a deer from

their truck)

Bagley is a nice community…But there are still a lot of people who do not know Jesus! - That means it is Lost!

Is there…

-Drunkenness in Bagley?

-Drug abuse?



-What about gossip… is there gossip in Bagley?

*We live in lost families

-Do each of us have family members who do not know Jesus as the Savior?

*But God does not desire that anyone should perish

– He is in the redemption Business!

-God does not desire that anyone should spend eternity in a sinners hell

-there is no rest

-no peace

-no parties…. In hell

Only eternal separation from the presence of God!!!!

Each of us at one time were consumed in our sins…

-thrown out like yesterdays trash by Satan

But God reached into the garbage and pulled us out…. He redeemed us!!

a)Are you in God’s business?

-If your not you are in a meaningless and a miserable business!

Are you in the redemption business?

God has no time for pretenders but He has great blessings in store for those involved in His business.


Bob carworth a ford dealer

Just suppose Bob ran into some trouble...He cannot sell a Ford!

(His staff wanting to keep there jobs suggest- You need more advertizing!)

-He puts up signs everywhere

-Radio commercials

-TV Comercials


-Everywhere you turn you see "Bob Carsworth -get a Ford that’s worth something!"

-He’s still having trouble so He calles the muckety mucks in Detroit

-When they came to visit...

-They saw signs everywhere

-They Saw the Tv adds

-They heard the radio adds

-They read the mailers

*This Guy looks good - He should be selling a lot of Fords!

-They Get to the car lot

*-There is not a ford on the whole place

-Chevy, Honda, Christler, Dodge -But no Fords!

-“Didn’t you see the signs?” -Bob quips..


-The Radio?

-The flyers?

** executives would be mad and return to Detroit to revoked the dealers right to sell Fords.

*You cannot sell fords -UNless you have fords to sell!

Friends many Churches are like that crazy ford dealer…

-Signs everywhere.

-adds are in the news paper.

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