Established in 2006 as a partnership of 3 businessmen, LandMAX originated as a land acquisition company with the intent of growing a company based on Kingdom business principles. Guided by the vision of John Sojourner, entrepreneur and business partner in the company, LandMAX has grown into a company with multiple divisions - LandMAX Timber Company, Inc., LandMAX Properties, LLC, and LandMAX Holdings, LLC. The company is now setup to serve landowners across parts of Mississippi & Louisiana in harvesting and managing timber, marketing and selling real estate, and developing properties for hunting and recreational purposes.
Diversifying the company into these 3 areas was accomplished by putting our energy, focus, and attention to detail on the things we enjoy and understand the most. When the company was established, the Lord gave us a word of encouragement and direction that helped guide our company to where we are today. The Lord has now grown our group of 3 men into a team of men and women who share a common vision for the future. The word that the Lord shared in 2006 was the scripture Ecclesiastes 2:24-25. The Lord revealed to us in this verse that “There is nothing better for man than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
God clearly opened our eyes to the fact that our work is a gift from Him and something where we should find satisfaction and enjoyment while meeting our own needs and the needs of others. See, our work should not just be to toil but a means to bring glory to the Lord. He reminded us that the fruit of our labor, food, finances, and a place to rest our head, even though they are gifts from Him, mean nothing unless we've surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus.
As a company, we experienced the truth of this word, the reality of how precious time is, and the significance of this passage during August of 2013 when our dear friend, mentor, and business partner, John Sojourner, went home to be with the Lord after a year-long battle with cancer. John was blessed beyond measure but it was amazing how he allowed the fruits of his labor to be reinvested into the Kingdom of God and the lives of others less fortunate. John taught everyone that money was just a tool and it was what we did with it that revealed the desires of our heart. He realized and taught that we really do “reap what we sow” and that these principles apply not just to our finances but to everything we sow and speak into the lives of those around us each day. At the end of his life John's focus shifted from living here and sowing into the Kingdom of God to being in the Kingdom of God and having businesses established here on earth to continue giving to and supporting the heart of Christ.
What John was trying to show us was that it doesn't really matter if you've “got land” or “got timber”, but do you “have Jesus” and, if so, what is that relationship like today? Not where it was years ago or where you want it to be in the future, but where are you today with Jesus? So when you are looking to see who we are and what we're about please be reminded that we are not, nor do we claim to be, perfect. We struggle daily, we battle our flesh, but our hearts desire as a company of men and women is to have a heart to be about The Father's business through our earthly businesses.
If you are reading this and thinking yes I've got land or got timber but for the first time wondering what does it mean to have Jesus, we have a couple of thoughts we encourage you to consider. First, God's word shows us through scripture how to begin your walk with Jesus:
- Realize you have been on the wrong road (you are a sinner). Romans 3:23
- Realize the penalty for sin is death. Romans 6:23
- Believe that Jesus loves you and died for your sins to make it possible for you to get on the right road. Romans 5:8
- Ask forgiveness for your sins. (1 John 1:9) and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10
These scriptures are the basis for surrendering our lives to Jesus - God's Word and His Spirit drawing us to repentance and a complete change of direction in our lives. See, the disciples that followed Christ never repeated these words, prayed a prayer, and continued living their lives for what they desired and expected to spend eternity with Jesus. They simply dropped their nets as fisherman, tax collectors, etc… and followed Jesus. It was their faith and obedience to give up the things of this world, to preach the Gospel, and to invest in the lives of others that revealed they were true followers of Jesus Christ. Their priorities completely changed when they surrendered themselves for the first time. As a christian your work too is your mission field and it's the very place where God has called you to serve Him.
If you are a businessman or businesswoman we would like to remind you that the Lord asked us to store up treasures in Heaven and not on this earth. In your company, if you are not already doing so, give God a chance to prove himself faithful to you by investing in His Kingdom and His people here on earth. You simply cannot out give God. It sounds cliché but it's true. Make Jesus a line-item in your budget, include your employees in your business by giving to the Lord together, and watch God do things through your business you could never have imagined, planned for, or expected. If we as businessmen and businesswomen can be faithful stewards with what the Lord has given and entrusted us with, then and only then, will we understand how and why our work truly is a gift from God.
If we as a company or individually can ever be of assistance to you, your family, or any of your friends please don't hesitate to give us a call. We would love the opportunity to get to know you and build a relationship that goes way past buying and selling land and timber.
May God Truly Bless You, Your Family & Your Businesses,
Your LandMAX Team