The Sales Pitch

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently (carefully) what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties (delicacies): for they are deceitful meat (food).

Proverbs 23:1-3

As a young man, I was always interested in hearing a sales pitch of how I could get a better job or start a side hustle. I was ambitious enough and I tried out several things, even accompanying someone from my church as he stocked Frito-Lay products in the grocery stores. He also invited me to his business meeting where they sold insurance, financial accounts and various other things. I was intrigued to make more money, but this seemed to me like a big pyramid scheme at its finest. I eventually lost interest and realized I was better off just working my regular job and sticking to the plan. Several months had passed by when Rebekah and I were shopping and I was approached by a man who seemed excited to see me and made me ponder if I had known this man previously. He wife was with him and he told me I looked like a man with a purpose. Foolishly, I fell for this line and I stopped to hear him out.

I believed he was offering me a job, so I listened to him intently and I was dreaming how I would spend all this money. He gave me his card and we agreed to meet up soon, and I was tempted to preemptively put my two weeks’ notice in at my current employer. He came over to the house and gave us his best sales pitch about his business and where he was headed in life. It all sounded well as he spoke of selling commonly-used items like soap, paper towels, etc. and really cutting out the middle man to the consumer. I would be helping my friends and family, and they in turn would be helping me. I guess I could have been on board with this, but the name brands people were used to buying would be replaced with the brand of this company, which made me rethink the whole thing. I was going to ask my family and friends to quit buying the products they love for a generic brand they had never heard of. I thought to myself that I would not personally do this, so how could I ask others I cared about to do the same?

He spoke about how I could recruit others to assist me like he was recruiting me, and I would soon not have to sell anything and others would be selling for me. I knew this sounded much like a pyramid scheme, and I knew the only ones really getting rich would be the people at the top. I am not much of a salesman as I take “no” too easily, and I don’t like to badger people if they are disinterested. I ended up declining this once-in-a-lifetime offer, and I became the wiser for it. I have been approached by all kinds of people wanting to sell me something or wanting me to invest in their project. I have come to learn to be wary of those who offer “free” meals, as there is nothing that is free. Most have an angle they are trying to sell, so one must beware. Like the adage says, “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” There are no legitimate schemes to get rich fast, and we must ask God for wisdom when encountered with a “fantastic” opportunity. Even elections bring about promised favors, but we must be careful about what we are supposedly getting “free”, as there is a price tag attached.

Be cautious of the deceit of others who would like nothing more than to get rich off of you as they paint their deceitful tale. Some may have good intentions, but we are to be a good steward of the money God has provided to us. This Proverb warns us of laboring to be rich as it clouds our judgement and sometimes leads us into the evil schemes of man. Before you say “yes” to that free meal or to that “amazing” opportunity, consider diligently what is before you. There are many who have been ruined by a good sales pitch and the pursuit of riches, but there is no harm in praying and making sure your decisions align with God’s will for your life. God promises to provide our needs, so may we rest content and not pursue the things that would take us away from Him. The Christian’s riches are not found in this world, but we are rich beyond measure with things that cannot be sold or held in our hand. There is no sales pitch for the riches of God, but only that you believe on the finished work of Jesus Christ. Will you choose wisely today?

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