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Develop A Kingdom Business Mindset:

This teaching is from Britton Brown's Blog on 8/14/2012

The Bible teaches us that by service to men a man becomes a leader. Jesus told the disciples: “whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:27-28)

Its fair to say that the future is uncertain. The Bible warns us about this. Man cannot know everything perfectly. He cannot know the future perfectly. Yet he has to deal with the future in terms of his knowledge and his resources today. Men must count the cost of reaching goals in the future.
{Thought: we must learn the definition of “economist” and begin to think like one in every area of our lives. See August 9th’s Blog}

We are stewards. As stewards we are not to waste the resources entrusted to us by our master. We are to increase the value of the assets that are under our administration, as Jesus warned us in the parable of talents (Matthew 25). This parable absolutely denies the concept of equality of opportunity. The talent of the parable was a coin: the initial capital, not the initial skills, of each steward. The skills of each man are different, the initial capital is different, and the ultimate rewards are different. The only equality in the parable is the equality of the law. None can escape the final day of reckoning. In fact, the very term “day of reckoning” means a day of giving an account, a final counting.
{Thought: it’s not what you have been given that’s important, but rather what you do with it that yields a return in the Kingdom of God. this isn’t just about business, it’s about everything you have been given.}

It’s here we find the familiar themes of the whole Bible: the sovereignty of God, who is the creator and therefore the owner; the assignment of dominion to individual men, for which they are held accountable; the provisioning of them with resources, including the cost critical resource of all, which is time; their efforts to increase their assets, as a sign of their successful dominion; and a day of final judgement, when the master returns in power to judge every mans performance. And it is the free market, as a system of making accurate estimations of cost and benefits, through it’s systems of freely fluctuating money prices and open competition, which provides man with a crucial tool of dominion. It is mans counting system. It disciplines each man, forcing him to keep accurate records and make accurate predictions.
{Thought: If you aren’t increasing then you are in big trouble. Expanding is demanding, but it’s also living life to it’s fullness.}

Deuteronomy 8 and 28 lay down the fundamental principle of a growing economy. The principal is simple: conformity to the laws of God by both individuals and the civil government. Think of it like this, welfare is supposed to be voluntary; poverty is supposed to be and should be eliminated steadily by advancing per capita wealth. (The economic argument for creating a welfare state is negated, since increasing personal wealth throughout the covenantal society is sufficient to alleviate the major causes of poverty.)
{Thought: When was the last time you saw a Jewish person on welfare?}

There will of course always be poverty, Christ said; “The poor will always be with us” (Matthew 26:11) The question is, rather: what will the relative poverty be between the Godly societies and ungodly societies? The good news for those who are saved is that the poor man in a Godly society will enjoy external blessings greater than those in a backward, poor societies. I would even go as far as to say that the funds available for charitable giving will be greater in an advancing economy.

But the very fact that God promises compound economic growth to His people in response to their obedience to His law indicates that we live in a world that is coming to an end. Plainly put, we cannot experience economic growth forever. The Bible says we will have compound economic growth in response to our faithfulness. Therefore, we can conclude that if we are faithful, we will have economic growth, and this points to the day of judgment,which will of course cut time short.

The Bible calls for us to pursue economic growth. Long-term economic growth is a sign of Gods blessing on His people. True, it should not be pursued as such. “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). All these things is the promise of economic growth and prosperity in response to covenantal obedience.

Think about this when it comes to long term forecasting: as long as there is growth in population, which is a means of dominion, we will have both growing per capita wealth and rapidly increasing numbers of people. Rapid growth is a blessing of God that points to our final deliverance from the sin of bondage.

The simple truth is economic growth comes to societies that respond to Gods call of repentance. This of course does not mean that every single redeemed man will become rich and all sinners will go broke. What it means is that as a general phenomenon, those living under the rule of God’s law-order will prosper, and those living in societies that are in rebellion to God will not prosper. Long term economic growth is a sign of Gods blessing. Long term economic poverty is a sign of Gods wrath.

As a side note; in the case of a transitional stage between faithfulness and arrogance, wealthy societies can continue to experience external economic growth. We find this in Deuteronomy 8:10-17. A rebellious society can be lured into total destruction by it’s own external blessings, but long term poverty is always a sign of Gods curse. The simple truth is that men just don’t want to see the truth that there is a relationship between moral rebellion and economic crises.

In conclusion, the Bible teaches that by service to men a man becomes a leader. Jesus told his disciples:”whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27-28).

The theme of the suffering servant who later triumphs, who serves faithfully and then succeeds economically, is a familiar one in the Bible. Jacob served his lawless uncle, Laban, under difficult conditions, but then became rich (Genesis 31:1,36-43). Joseph served faithfully in Potiphars house, only to be cast into the prison, Joseph rose to the second in command of all of Egypt (Genesis 41:38-43). David served King Saul faithfully in war and in peace time (1 Samuel 17 and 1 Samuel 16:15-23). Yet Saul turned on David and tried to kill him, only to admit that David had served him faithfully and that David was more righteous than he and was destined to be the king (1 Samuel chapters 18,19,24). The bottom line is service leads to successful dominion.

The market encourages men to serve their fellow men if they wish to increase their own wealth. Customers are always those that benefit from the services of the entrepreneur. The simple reason is the entrepreneur is selling the goods to the customers they want at the prices they are willing to pay. The profit comes from the other entrepreneurs, who failed to  recognize an opportunity, and who hesitated to buy up the producers goods earlier. Once again, the customers are those that benefitted. In the end, the customers have been helped; the profit comes from the successful entrepreneurs ability to forecast the customers desires, and then to organize production efficiently.

In short, profitable stewards in a free market are faithful servants. Perhaps they make continual profits by their continuing ability to forecast the future. After all, that’s how Joseph was able to benefit Pharaoh: he knew the future state of supply and demand (Genesis4).

The free market establishes a close relationship between personal costs and personal benefits. It also establishes a system of money calculations, whereby we can make more accurate estimations of costs and benefits. The market responds by processing everyones best efforts in predicting the future, and the result is today’s array of prices. It’s cool that the market forces each man to bear the costs of his own efforts. It weeds out those who waste scarce economic resources, who fail to serve customers at the least expenditure of resources. The market provides the personal freedom for each man to work put his calling before God with fear and trembling. And in the end, the market has produced the greatest output of goods and services in the recorded history of man.

The market provides discipline: mutual discipline of buyers and sellers, with buyers competing against buyers, and sellers competing against sellers. It also provides a measure of success for serving consumers faithfully: profit.

In the end it is imperative to realize that the harmony of humanity is fostered by the competition produced through the free market. By serving his own interests, the profit-seeking producer must seek the good of others. Here is Jesus’ golden rule in action: do unto others as you would have others do unto you (Matthew 7:12). And the marvelous feature about the free market is this: if you do it well, you make a very handsome profit. You can do very well by doing good!

Again I say; “whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27-28).

My hope and my prayer is that you heed the Lords advice today and begin to get serious about following His ways. It’s funny really, I have heard countless people say they want to be successful, be a millionaire and be a giver for the Kingdom.  But in the end, they never take the steps to become a disciplined follower of their King and instead they continue in their fruitless and rebellious ways.

But here is the thing, God never takes away your opportunities, your gifts and calling are without repentance. If you listen you will still hear Him whispering to you words of encouragement. All you have to do is whisper back to Him that you love Him, that He is your hope and your desire. That He is all you need, He is your reward and the one you live for.