How's Business?

Lou Lotz

READ : John 15:15-16

“You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” (v. 16)

Peter Drucker, the famous corporate management consultant, says he begins his consultations with two deceptively simple questions. First: “What kind of business are you in?” Second: “How’s business?” The first question is crucial. It forces organizations to ponder and articulate their mission. Drucker reports that many organizations don’t really know what business they are in.

They don’t know what they are trying to accomplish.

Here is the business we are in: “I appointed you to go and bear fruit.” The word “go” points to the mission of sharing the gospel—bringing Christ to people and bringing people to Christ.

And this fruit “will last.” Don’t we all long to contribute something lasting while we’re here? All other accomplishments are fleeting and transient. All other monuments will someday turn to dust. But the fruit we bear in Christ’s service will last. I can still remember my fifth-grade Sunday school teacher reciting that little rhyme: “Only one life, so soon it will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

“You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” That’s the business we are in.

So how’s business?

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for choosing me. Help me to bear fruit.