To: Todd Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am perusing a new business here in xxx. It is a continuation of the business that I have had for 30+ years. I have been in retirement since 2000, but I feel that since I can’t find retirement in the Bible, I need to continue working until God calls me home or until my health will no longer permit.
The question that I have is that I am in the process of designing a new business card. On the back side of the card, I wanted to put the attached message (which includes mentioning Jesus Christ.)
I have communicated with my community group in Dallas and there seems to be a difference in opinion. One of the group whom I have a lot of trust in seems to think that it could have a negative affect on the business.His concern is this could be seen as a “marketing tool” and not truly seen as what my intentions are.
I searched my heart and know that my true reason for doing this was to open the door to conversation about Christ. We left it that we would all pray and seek guidance from God.
You have been one that I have always put tremendous amount of faith in to help in matters like this. I need your input. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read my request. Any and all input will be appreciated.
From: Todd Wagner (email@example.com)
Humbled that you’d ask me for my input. I’d never tell you, first off, to keep quiet about your faith. Probably no need to state that that but let’s just get that out there. Now whether this is the most effective way to initiate conversations about Christ, I’m not sure I can comment with authority. As we’ve said at Watermark, we’re going to do whatever we need to do to minister to the largest swath of the culture we’re in.
In other words, becoming all things to all men, so that we may by all means save some (1 Cor 9:22). That’s why we say that if the best way at some future point to reach folks is to put on choir robes and sing hymns, that’s what we’re going to do. So in addition to getting input from your community group here in Dallas, it might be a good idea to talk to some business leaders in xxx to get some feedback as to how this will be perceived locally and whether there might be a more effective way to bring your faith into the marketplace.
As for your heart for doing this, let the Lord weigh and test your motives (Prov 16:2, Heb 4:12-13). If are under the conviction of the Spirit, are acting in obedience to God’s word, and have done your due diligence with community and local business leaders, then I would say move ahead by all means. Suppose this initiative does have a negative effect on your business. You and I know that you can trust the Lord in times of plenty and in times of scarcity. At the end of the day, the Gospel will have been proclaimed – which is ALWAYS a win (Phil 1:12) and yields returns way more significant that any worldly success could – and you can rest in the assurance that the Lord will never forsake you and will provide for all of your needs (2 Peter 1:3).
BOTTOM LINE: What you do and why you do/don’t do it is likely the most important thing here. God won’t love you more if you do it… but if He is calling you to do it and you have a conviction that you should (and that the art/way you are choosing has been affirmed by trusted others who understand your culture and context) and you believe it is the right thing to do and you know that it won’t necessarily bless your business if you do, and you don’t care if it hurts your business if you do because it is the right thing… then I’d do it.
Hope that is helpful.
Praying for you, xxxx, as you deepen ties to your community and to the local body of Christ, and for this church and its leadership. May the name of Jesus be made more famous because of your dedication to His word and His people.