Jesus taught His disciples to manage the Kingdom Business with sound wisdom and practicality. I am passionate about training before tasking. The kingdom of God is a business and like in any business – basic principles need to be applied if success and dividends are to be achieved.
The parable of the talents
Matthew 25:14-30 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servantsand entrusted to them his property…. ”
The property is God’s Church, the gospel. Property is an asset and if an asset is to accumulate in value and yield a return, certain basic principles need to be applied. If there is no upkeep, the asset depreciates in value to a point when it is rendered useless and written off . Is it any wonder the world views the Church as an irrelevant religious institution- a ghost of its former self?
God’s terminology differs from human terminology. When we gain understanding of God’s definition of things we gain better understanding of how we fit into his greater plan. From the excerpt from Matthew the following words can be defined as follows:
- Talents – tools given by God for the upkeep and maintenance of the property and expansion of His estate. Talents are given to make profit and in a kingdom sense the profit comes in the form of souls.
- Servants – the ones chosen by God for the advancement of his gospel. These are bond-servants who despite their own plans, God arrested their hearts for the work of ministry. Think of Paul, the twelve disciples, the prophets and men like John the Baptist.
- Property – the church as the entire body of Christ and the gospel form part of His property.
The master entrusted his servants with his property and there is no entrusting without trust. The master called his servants and entrusted them with his property, all belong to the master. The property, the servants and the the talents. He entrusted each servant as he pleased, as he saw fit and expected a report upon His return.
The master left the servants with a task, to watch over his property – like he says to Peter “Feed my sheep…”
The master also gave tools and the raw materials to transform into finished products and a profit was expected. Each servant applied his talents in a different way, and the key is that each servant needed sub-servants in order to profit. The kingdom business like any other business entails training as the first port of call for the work of ministry.
The reason why the Church has almost become obsolete is not because the tools and resources are not there, it’s because those in ministry lack training and do not view the Church as God views it. A business that is meant to yield profit!
In the first lecture on viewing God’s kingdom as a business and running an effective ministry, we look at some of the reasons why the Church is failing and how to equip ministers for increase.
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