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PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Essentially Biblical Entrepreneurs are stewards of God’s resources to serve God’s people and further His Kingdom on earth.

One of the objectives of business is to generate wealth. It is not the purpose of business just one of the objectives.

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God has given each one of us talents in the form of skills, gifts and treasures based on our abilities.  The Parable of the Talents is our core scripture – Matthew 25:14-30

We have a responsibility to exercise wise stewardship over those talents God has given us through trade, and whenever there is trade, there must be a profit. Moreover, profit is the fruit of good stewardship not the reward. Your talents were God given so the profit is His. The reward of your stewardship is increased responsibility and you enter into the joy of the Lord – the ultimate fulfillment.

Each of us will receive both natural and eternal rewards if we have traded our talents profitably and the reward is the same despite the number of talents we start out with (5 talents, two talents or one talent).

It is important to remember that God’s economy rewards the fruitful/faithful servant and punishes the lazy/wicked servant. It is sobering to know that God considers those that do not use (hide) their talents wicked and lazy.  God’s economy is not fair; it is just. Matthew 25:29.

If the profit is not ours then what does God want us to do with it?     1.  Provision for  a time of lack.                                                                                      2.  Reinvest in the business, to grow it, so you can serve more people.                                                                                                                                      3.  Fulfill God’s covenant as outlined in Matthew 25:31, James 2: 14-17 and Deuteronomy 8:18:  Feed the hungry, Give drink to the thirsty, Take in the stranger, Clothe the naked, Heal the sick, Visit those in prison.

Fear is often the root cause of poor stewardship of the talents God has given us. Matthew 25:24-25 and Matthew 10:28

PRINCIPLES OF GOD’S ECONOMY                                                                       WEALTH = Save + Reinvest + God’s Covenant                                                 ASSETS = Gifts + Skills + Ideas + Treasures + Relationships                     TRADE = Give + Work + Productivity + Business                                             PROFIT = Fruitfulness + Increase

 

GOD is shaking nations like never before. Are you prepared?

Many believers are getting ready for the Rapture and many see increased persecution of Christians imminent. Whilst both may be right, God is still in control and He is working out His plans and purposes. With increased shaking and persecution come opportunities for us to be the salt and light in the marketplace. For those “in step with the Holy Spirit, they will be like the men of Issachar able to discern the times and know what to do.

Governments have reached beyond God’s appointed boundaries. They have displaced the roles of families, free enterprise, church, non profits and volunteerism.  Governments have tried to play God and are not up to the task.

Most nations are in so much debt there is no way out. They are struggling to pay the interest at near zero interest rates. Stock Market collapses are imminent

With near zero interest rates retirees are struggling to survive as they spend their savings. Housing prices are inflated as people buy investment homes for future retirement income. Share prices are similarly inflated as people chase dividends.

The big banks exposure to derivative contracts is horrendous. Goldman Sachs total assets in 2014 was a shade over 105 billion dollars but their total exposure to Derivatives is more than 48 trillion dollars, i.e. 460 times greater than their total assets. The Derivatives bubble is like the “sword of Damocles” hanging over the global economy by a thread day after day, month after month. At some point the thread is going to break and all hell will break loose. A financial crisis far greater than what was experienced in 2008 is coming and can’t be too far off – sometime in 2016/2017.

Isaiah said: ” …unto us a Son is given (Jesus): and the government shall be upon His shoulders and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, mighty God …

Jesus has a body on the earth and His body has to see itself as the administrator of heaven on earth. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit through whom Jesus can implement His plans and purposes on this earth.

The Hebrew word for worship is also the word for work, our work should be our worship, if it is done excellently, as unto the Lord.

God wants to build businesses that will effect change… for profit, for purpose, forever – even in the midst of shaking.

Consider joining the International Christian Chamber of Commerce and/or Kingdom Business Network if you sense you are one of these change agents. . Check out both websites to see what is right for you. I am on the Board of ICCC Australia and look after business development in NSW for KBN so if you want to discuss either contact me – 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