Introduction to Personal and Corporate Purity in Marketplace Transformation
You can’t pump clean water from a tainted well, and it won’t stay clean flowing through a dirty pipe. That’s what Personal and Corporate Purity is all about – ensuring that the gifts we bring to our world are not contaminated and that our delivery of them guarantees that they stay that way. What’s deep inside is what will come out. Jesus teaches, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:43-45)
Personal & Corporate Purity is a process of examining every part of the organization’s delivery system – from its founders and history, through its current management and ways of doing business. As it reveals points of contamination, the individuals (on the Personal, confidential side) and the management team (on the Corporate side) are led through a process of repentance and redirection. The goal is to be the perfect vehicle for the delivery of God’s grace through the products and services of the organization.
This section will cover four areas: Personal and Corporate Cleansing, Past and Present Cleansing; Outside and Inside Cleansing, and Keeping it Clean.
Are You Ready?
After you have read and prayed through Count the Cost, join us in readying yourself and your organization to bear fruit that will last. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)
Why is it important?
In addition to what we've just said, above, Jesus calls us to “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) “Oh, great,” you say, “I might as well give up now, because I’m never going to make it to perfect!” God doesn't command us to do the impossible. The word translated “perfect” in that passage is teleios, a Greek word meaning “having reached its end, i.e. complete; mature.” It’s a variation of the same word Jesus used as He died on the cross and cried out, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) We believe Jesus is calling us to a process of continuous improvement (to use a common business term) in which we draw closer and closer to the fullness of whom we are created to be – someone in the perfect likeness of God.
To reach anything close to that, we have to allow the Creator to give us continual feedback, sanding off the rough edges, removing the dross from the silver, and aligning our motives and actions with His perfect plan. If we are to be God’s tool for transformation of our industry, our employees, our cities and our churches, we must allow Him to shape us for a perfect fit in His hand.
Another reason personal and corporate purity is so important has to do with hypocrisy. Nobody likes or respects a hypocrite. If we are drawing those in our spheres of influence to a higher calling, then we must be sure we, ourselves are walking that journey. “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:4-5)
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