“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:11).
Although he was an innovator in the reclamation of silver in the photographic process, Stanley Tam of Lima, Ohio, is best known for his commitment to Jesus Christ. A large sign adorning the home of United States Plastic Corporation proclaims “Christ Is the Answer,” and Tam’s widely read book, God Owns My Business, describes how he arrived at the conviction that he should legally make God the literal owner of his business.
Tam, who has traveled throughout the country and world to testify about his Christian faith, is one who is willing to “put his money where his mouth is.” Although his business success could have made him a millionaire many times over, he and his wife, Juanita, draw only modest salaries from U.S. Plastics. All profits are channeled through the Stanita Foundation, with those funds designated for a variety of Christian ministries, primarily overseas missions.
In the fall of 1954, Tam was speaking at a revival meeting in Medellin, Colombia when God confronted him in a supernatural way. God let him know He wanted him to turn the business over to Him completely and become His employee. So, on January 15, 1955, Stanley Tam ceased being a stockholder in either of his companies, States Smelting and Refining Corporation or United States Plastic Corporation.
In order to do this God had to deal with one area in his life. “I have always enjoyed making money, and God knew that. Had He left me undisturbed in this area, I could have become a proud, materialistic, self-centered spiritual misfit. In asking of me the submission of the greatest drive of my life, He removed a blighting influence and replaced it with an inner peace and satisfaction such as I could never have known otherwise.
I don’t think there is such a thing as a part-time Christian; we are all in full-time ministry. We each need to ask God to take our vocation and make it a ministry. And if we ask Him, He will do it.”*
Does God own your business or your work life? If not, why not make that decision today and let Him use your work life for His glory.
*Adapted from “The Complete Christian Businessman” an interview with Stanley Tam Wolgemuth & Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.
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