How does the Mountain of Economy and/or Business function today in consideration of what the Kingdom System of our God declares is right and what is just? As a business person and entrepreneur all of my life, I have firsthand knowledge and actual experience on this Mountain.
In our Constitution, the scriptures, there are many places where our God’s view on Business or commerce is presented. In the parable of the three servants, God Himself as Jesus Christ addresses how our God looks at business in the Kingdom.
Parable of the Three Servants
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[a] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! [b]’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’Matthew 25:14-30 New Living Translation (NLT)
This is an account of how our God has designed business and commerce to function in His Kingdom on the earth, our governing authority. In the beginning of this story that Jesus Himself was sharing, He began with the declaration that “the Kingdom of Heaven is like this.” He said that the Kingdom of God experience was to be our first priority and what we pursued before anything else. The Kingdom experience in Business – as in everything Kingdom – is about profit and profit is described as success.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.3 John 2 King James Version (KJV)
Interesting here is the description that each of us receive talents or gifts “in proportion to their abilities.” Success is not comparable. Success is measured by what we do with what we are personally given. Everyone is given unique abilities before we enter time on the earth that are specific to us. Our charge is to recognize and to identify the abilities that we have received from our Creator and our Designer, and to maximize their impact and their influence on the earth for ourselves, for our Family and for humanity. This is prospering: increasing and making a profit. This describes the Kingdom plan, His way of doing and being that is correct for us. Profiting is described as being good and not profiting as the result of laziness and having no personal worth.