The thesis of this article is that Kingdom entrepreneurs represent an engine that can transform a nation from one of self-centered individuals to one of other-centered people who love God and each other. A transformed society is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22); whereas an untransformed society is subject to sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like (Gal 5:19-21).
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard." Matthew 20:1-2
We are now standing at the foundation-laying stage of one of the most significant Christian movements of church history, the advocacy of a Christian values-based economy. How we work with God's Spirit in helping to lay that foundation will have potentially enormous effects on the global future of the church in the 21st century. It will also signal the emergence of an alternative to the world system's left-right, capitalism-socialism single paradigm of economic possibility currently available to the nations of the world. The economics of God's Kingdom is about to appear upon the world's stage.
God does not have a sense of indebtedness to us. In Psalm 50, His viewpoint on the issue of ownership is stated rather clearly -- God owns everything. Yet, many of us seem to spend our lifetimes striving for things to "own," and once we get them, we are determined to protect what we have and accumulate more. This kind of striving always brings with it concern about how to keep what we have, or how to protect it from others who may want it. Psalm 50 gives us one of the definitive statements of real ownership in Scripture. This statement reveals the Kingdom perspective.
Many pastors are sincerely searching for a better understanding of the critical relationship between the marketplace and professional ministry. Pastors are not alone in this search. Believers all over the world, whether they sit in the pews or occupy the pulpits, at some time in their lives, struggle with understanding just how God wants us all to fit together for the purposes of His Kingdom. People in the pews may have a call to ministry, but not professional, pulpit ministry. This kind of call can bring about a confusing time, particularly for believers in business, government, education, etc. (the marketplace). Many who feel this desire for a deeper life of effectiveness for the Lord are sincerely trying to hear the Lord. Do we quit our jobs and become pastors or join our church staff?
Dr. Henry Blackaby • Workplace, City & Nation Transformation
Joseph of Arimathea is not one of the better known characters in the Bible, but maybe he should be. His is one of the few stories mentioned in all four Gospels (Matt. 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42). That cannot be said for Zacchaeus, the woman at the well or the Good Samaritan. Even Peter's famous confession, "Thou art the Christ!" does not receive the same degree of coverage. Clearly the Gospel writers all recognized something significant about Joseph's action. What Joseph did was not miraculous or headline news. He simply took Jesus' body and placed it in his own newly constructed tomb.
When we talk about investing today, many only think of places to put your money so that it will work for you. However the Word of God talks about the 'laying up for yourself` treasures on earth or in heaven (Matt. 6:19and 20). As your treasure is earned by you or inherited as a result of another's work, it becomes something that will require your stewardship. This treasure has come about through time and ability and is initially represented by money. The money has many demands on it, consumption of all types to meet our obligations, necessities and our wants. Yet one of the purposes should be to invest where it has the potential to increase the effect of God's Kingdom on earth. This potential can affect the present or the future depending where it is invested.
Do you own or operate a business? Do you need to know what God says about key aspects of running a business biblically? If so, this link will provide many articles to help you navigate business ownership from a Kingdom perspective. Thanks to Crown ministries for this resource. http://www.crown.org/Library/default.aspx?catId=41
The wealth transfer has become a hot topic. Companies are being birthed with the vision of creating vast amounts of money destined to advance the Kingdom of God. Believers in business are coming up with opportunities with unusual returns designed to accelerate the spread of the Gospel. There are rumblings of technologies proposing to change the balance of power in the world's economic system. Intercessory teams designed to pierce the opposition are being mobilized. Ministries are aligning themselves with super-achievers they discern will spearhead expected wealth transfer venues.