Think Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Michael Hyatt… handling BUSINESS in the real world – with integrity. They look to Jesus as their example and their messages bear that out. In the different ways they influence others, teaching, writing, speaking, finance, humor, outreach, these guys are expanding the reach of the Kingdom.
Dave Ramsey, of The Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace University fame, teaches people God’s (and Grandma’s) ways of handling money. He teaches people how to put scripture into practice so they get out of debt and never again become “slave to the lender.” He and his team have developed a wonderful 13-week course that we’ve been going through for years now, both as students and as coordinators. But he wasn’t satisfied with that. He knew that if the material could be condensed, more people could be helped. So they went back to the drawing board and created a brand new 9-week FPU! I am so excited to get that going in Corona.
Jon Acuff is now a part of Dave Ramsey’s team, and is a popular blogger and speaker, author of Stuff Christians Like and Quitter (both I recommend). His unique perceptions and voice help folks from both sides get a glimpse of Christendom – as it exists in our current culture. And he does it in a “check this out, everybody” kind of way that doesn’t alienate pre-Christians.
And my newest “find,” Michael Hyatt, of Platform fame (well, that’s not really fair – he did run Thomas Nelson Publishers 🙂 has really excited me, in terms of building up, shining a spotlight on, and slapping new paint on my own platform. I’m mostly trying to reach my praise team at The Refuge, but I run a couple other things as well. His advice is really helping accomplish the goal of reaching an audience.
Now, if more Christians can put their faith out there and live up to the precepts in scripture, America would be in a lot better shape. I’m keeping my eyes on Jesus and learning what the Word says about how to live, love my family and friends, conduct business, minister to my church, etc. I know he will help me. After all, I do remember James saying in chapter 1, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” How much does THAT rule? God will do what He said He will do. I love that about Him. Who do you know in the public spotlight that is making a difference FOR the Kingdom?