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The Cost Of Doing Business

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The Cost Of Doing Business

I’m in Sand Springs, Oklahoma today. I fly out in a little bit, from the Tulsa airport to go to Medford, Oregon.

I wanted to travel today with my clothes all washed and clean. I didn’t have any cash on me, so I stopped at the Quick Trip service station. They have an ATM machine. I swiped my card and punched in the amount I wanted. The machine informed me that it was going to charge me $1.50 for the transaction. I had to accept or decline. I accepted. It was the Bank’s “Cost Of Doing Business.”

I went to the Laundromat. A pixie haired great grandma named Maude was the lone employee. Both doors stood open to allow for cooler air to blow through the warm room. Maude said that in the summer, it got very hot in the laundry. She said that she had air conditioning at home, but even when it was 90 degrees in her bedroom, she didn’t turn on the air. She said if she did, it would make the heat uncomfortable for her when she got to work. Not turning on the air conditioning was what Maude was willing to pay to better enjoy her job. For her it was the personal “Cost Of Doing Business.” She did it without being asked.

The ‘Old Town Café’ in Sand Springs served a good breakfast. The locals were friendly; the stale scent of smoke was noticeable. The cashier said I owed $8.50. I left $2.00 on the table for the waitress. It was just the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

I bought some items at the Drug Store. The lady at the counter said, “That’s $1.95 plus tax.” Sales Tax is what you pay to the State of Oklahoma. It’s the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

At the Counter of United Airlines, the Kiosk charged me $60.00 for my two checked bags. That’s besides the cost of the ticket. I paid United Airlines because they said that it’s just the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

At the airport, I had to take off my shoes, my coat, my wallet, and my belt. I pulled out my computer and placed it in a container. I was required to go through a metal detector.  It was an inconvenience. There was an unspoken question of suspicion the TSA has about everyone. I submitted to the personal inspection, it was just the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

I found my seat, and it was not long before I heard “Praise the Lord, Bro. Ballestero! I didn’t recognize the faces of the older husband and wife, but they seemed to know me. She had her long hair fixed very nice and her modest dress represented Pentecost very well. She understood that although Salvation is free, Holiness in conduct and in dress is God’s requirement. It’s the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

I asked them how they were doing and they said, “Wonderful! Thank the Lord!”

They understood too that although Salvation is free, Praise is God’s requirement. It’s the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

The Rich Young Ruler was asked to sell everything he had, give it to the poor and take up the cross and follow Jesus. He went away sorrowful. He wasn’t willing to Sacrifice and pay the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

  • Holiness is the “Cost Of Doing Business.”
  • Praise and Worship is the “Cost Of Doing Business.”
  • Sacrifice is the “Cost Of Doing Business.”

Are You And God Still Doing Business?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

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  1. Thank you, Bro. Ballestero, for this great post! So glad to still being “doing business with my Lord!” God bless you and your family as you continue in His business, too! The Millses

    Charlotte Mills

    April 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

  2. Brother Ballestero,

    I love to read your writings. They are very inspirational and touch me deeply. This one opened my eyes to see things in a new way. I will definately watch how I’m paying the Cost of doing Business for my Lord.

    Thank you.

    Pat Swenson

    April 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm

  3. Excellent as always…you never miss!!

    kennethbow

    April 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

  4. That is so good Elder…Thank you!

    Larry Billings

    April 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm

  5. NOW THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!

    Faye Walton

    April 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  6. One of your best!! Thank you! Keep up the great writing. I hope that you write a book soon.

    Kevin Archer

    April 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

  7. Very good reading Bro. Ballestero! I always refer my “friends” on Fb to you for “good” reading material. May God Richly Bless You!

    Wendy Hendrick

    April 8, 2010 at 5:06 am

  8. What a great post, brother! I love you & wish you well in Oregon.

    Carlene

    April 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

  9. Praise Yhe Lord, Bro Ballestero, Bro Clifton and I so enjoyed your blog, and we miss you here at Bro Holmes’s church, at The Rock, hope He circles you by North Little Rock before too long.
    Praying for your work in Christ.
    God Bless, We are still “doing business” with God!!!

    norman & shirley clifton

    April 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm


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