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.
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