God Has a Business

 

Father is in the business of changed lives:

Luke 2:49 49And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

John 9:4 4I must work the works of Him who sent Me

Jesus was busy with His Father’s purposes and plan and, before leaving, He said:

John 20:21 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

During His teaching, Jesus often touched on the subject of our service to God:

Luke 19:12- 26 12Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’

15“And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ 18And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ 19Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’

20“Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’

24“And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ 25(But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) 26‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

Be assured, you are called into the family business to produce for God.

2 Cor. 3:5-6 5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Rom. 12:3 3For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Eph. 4:7 7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

2 Cor. 5:18 18Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

2 Cor. 5:20 20Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Eph. 2:10 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Acts 1:8 8But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

1 John 2:27 27But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you,…

1 Pet. 4:10 10As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Cor. 12:7 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

1 Cor. 12:18 18But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.)

The family business has too many consumers and not enough producers:

1 Cor. 4:2 2Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

1 Cor. 15:58 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

What profit can we bring to God?  Since it is God who makes us sufficient for the work, supplies both the grace and the faith, gives us the ministry, anoints, empowers, and gifts us for it, we must discover what those works are for which He created us (Eph. 2:10).  He expects us to walk in them.

For that reason, ponder on the following scriptures and seek the Lord about your calling and God-ordained path of ministry:

Isaiah 48:17 17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Proverbs 16:3 3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

Finally, ask Father what He expects you to do…

James 1:5 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Proverbs 15:22 22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

…and just do it!  You can ask your pastors or mentors for guidance.

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