Kingdom Business testimony by founder of ICCC

Amazing testimony by the founder of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce, Gunnar Olson.

Can I suggest that if you are interested in building a Kingdom business that you consider joining ICCC or Kingdom Business Network Australia.

I am on the Board of ICCC Australia so if you want to discuss this further email me on ron@bakb.com.au

What are your motives in business?

Oswald Sanders, author of Spiritual Leadership (one of the most helpful books on leadership) suggested that “Any ambition which centers around and terminates upon oneself is unworthy, while an ambition which has the glory of God as its center is not only legitimate but positively praiseworthy.”

Spiritual Leadership

The motive behind any ambition is the factor that makes it worthy or unworthy.

Can you find the motive in these three verses?

“Don’t store up (for yourself) treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”          Matthew 6:19-21 

Jesus obviously understood motive when it came to treasures for oneself and suggested we take time to assure ours are correct.  So how do you check personal motives?  Let me suggest three words:

  1.  Reflection ~ take time look and listen to your hearts desires and expectations.  Whatever is in your heart,  your mouth will speak and your spirit will crave.
  1. Self-examination ~ Pray King David’s prayer often;               “Search me, O God, and know  my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”                         Psalms 139:23-24 

3.  Bold Faith ~ The opposite of faith is not fear but unbelief!  When          you motives are right faith will be easy.  (Matt. 6:33)

Do you ever consider heavenly rewards? Eternity is forever so I suggest you should. How you live your life  on earth as a believer in Christ will determine your future as a citizen of heaven and on the new earth which we will inhabit after the Great White Throne Judgment.

Jesus would not have told us ” to lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20) if it were not possible to do so.

When talking to the rich young ruler Jesus said, “if you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven ; and come follow me.” We know therefore that giving to the poor is one way we can store up treasure in heaven.

Some might wonder how we should divide our time between training for heaven and doing our job down here. There should be no conflict . The two go together. The best way we can prepare for eternity is to be faithful in our present assignments.  In this,  it is important we know God’s purpose for our life. We can be certain God has the wisdom to include in our training course just what is best for the assignment we will have in eternity.

At the end of our time here on earth we want to be able to say like Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith :henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness , which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.  Paul suffered immensely in this life but could say, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

Paul had the eternal view. It is not in this life that we experience the fullness of God’s grace. “And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2: 6-7

ROBOTICS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE

A robot from South Korea took home the $2 million first-place prize after winning the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge Finals.

The DRC-Hubo robot from Team KAIST was much faster than the other robots, completing the eight tasks in a winning time of 44 minutes, 28 seconds on the eight tasks.

The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.  It was designed to be extremely difficult.  Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.

Amazon is already  using robots in its latest warehouse to make immense savings in people, warehouse space, time to process orders and eliminate mistakes.

Christians, particularly in business and education, need to be aware of the speed with which this is occurring and pray and adapt accordingly. How we deal with this rapid technology change is what is critical to God. How we look after and equip our employees is foremost.

Bill Gates has prophesied that robots will be as commonplace in 2025 as computers are today. Five years ago we spent as much time on computers as people now spend on mobile devices. Perhaps five years from now people will spend more time interacting with robots than they now do with mobile devices.