Thursday, March 10, 2022

Daily Devotion: The People Business

Bible Reading: Matthew 8:1-17

Key Verse: Verse  1 - When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.”

Key Words:  great multitudes followed him

As you read God’s Word it becomes so crystal clear that Jesus was in the people business.  You can see that as He talked with Nicodemus in John 3, and the Samaritan woman in John 4, and the lame man in John 5.  People are God’s business; therefore, people should be our business as well.  Until each of us realizes we are in the people business we will never, never be successful.

In the 1950s, marketing whiz Stanley Arnold was working at Young & Rubicam, where he was asked to come up with a marketing campaign for Remington Rand.  The company was among the most conservative in America.  Its chairman at the time was retired General Douglas MacArthur.  Intimidated at first by a company that was so much a part of America, Arnold also found in that phrase the first inspiration for a campaign.  After thinking about it, he went to the New York offices of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Beane, and placed the ultimate odd-lot order.

“I want to purchase,” he told the broker, “one share of every single stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange.”  After a vice president tried to talk him out of it, the order was finally placed.  It came to more than $42,000 for one share in each of the 1098 companies listed on the Big Board at the time.  Arnold now took his diversified portfolio into a meeting of Remington Rand’s board of directors, where he argued passionately for a sweepstakes campaign with the top prize called A Share in America.  The conservative old gentlemen shifted around in their seats and discussed the idea for a while.  “But Mr. Arnold,” said one, “we are not in the securities business.”  Said another, “We are in the shaver business.”

“I agree that you are not in the securities business,” said Arnold, “but I think you also ought to realize that you are not in the shaver business either.  You are in the people business.”  The company bought the idea.

What to do:
✞ Remember, we are in the people business for God.

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