Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
September 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 25:14-30
Subject
What would you do if you were the boss of God's business? How would you run the business if not succeeding wasn't an option?
Description

First, I want to explain the difference between relationship with the Father and your advancement in His kingdom.

  • If some listed their relationship status with God like it’s listed on Facebook it would fluctuate on a daily basis
    • We would portray God to be very temperamental and abusive

If God ran a business it'd be way different that you think.

  • Here is an example of a God ran business:

Matthew 25:14-30 NAS 14 "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.  15 "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.  16 "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.  17 "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.  18 "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 

19 "Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.  20 "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'  21 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 

22 "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'  23 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 

24 "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.  25 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.' 

26 "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.  27 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.  28 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.' 

29 "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.  30 "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Here's our view of a God ran business:

  • It would be fun so we would always love working for God
  • All of our troubles would be gone because God would
  1. Pay us enough to cover our wants and uncontrolled living
  2. Let us work the amount of hours that are comfortable to us. 
  • We get to do what we want because God would never fire us

 

God operates by heavens principles and poverty isn't God

God will not allow your poverty ways to influence His Prosperous business.

God would fire lazy people.

God would not come hug you if you're having a bad day and don't feel like working.

 

 

A Prosperous leader trying to get prosperity in his workers.

  • Prosperous people want to replicate themselves so they invest in people
  • They want to raise someone up to their level by transformation
    • He transforms them by making them follow His Prosperous way of doing
      • He doesn't actually force them because they can choose to quit.

 

Matthew 25:14-30 BOBV God’s kingdom model of business management is like a multi-business owner who was going on a journey to expand his current businesses into other states.

So he called his managers to him and to one he put in charge of his five restaurants. To another he put in charge of his two clothing stores and to another he put in charge of his convenience store gas station. Each manager being put in charge according to his ability.

The manager of the restaurants began noticing that he was buying multiple items that he could produce thus cutting out the middle man to increase profits. So he bought a ranch to raise his own beef. He also built a packing plant where he could process the beef. He found three other areas to supply his restaurants with products and started a total of five new businesses.

The man put in charge of the two clothing stores did the exact same thing opening one supply business and one outlet business for the product returns.

The manager that was put in charge of the gas station became fearful of the employees he was over. And as he was driving to work one day he noticed that a convenience store had gone out of business with a sign in the window, “Closing the doors due to a lack of business”. The manager began to fear thinking of how angry the owner would be if his store went out of business and came up with a plan to just close the store until the owner came back. This would eliminate the need to manage employees and the owner would have the business the exact way he left it.

When the owner returned to called a meeting with the manager put in charge of the restaurants. The manager told the owner of the five new businesses he had started and the amount of increase in profit he had caused and the owner was thrilled with the audacity of the manager.

The owner, overjoyed with the manager's progress, told him that he had left him in charge to see if the manager would use the business skills he had been taught. The owner did this knowing that if he were to expand he would need a wise manager to help run the twenty restaurants he wanted to expand to and thus he put the wise and faithful manager over all of his restaurants.

The owner did the same with the manager over the clothing stores.

Then the owner heard of what the manager of the convenience store did and knew that because of the manager’s fear and laziness he could never trust him with any of his company. So he took the convenience store division of his company and turned it over to the manager of the restaurants and demoted the wicked manager back to an employee.

As the wicked manager watched the other two manager’s salaries and success increase eventually to the point that the owner gave many of his businesses to them, he gnashed his teeth and wept knowing that that could have been him if he had not been fearful and lazy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would you do for the success of your business? 

  • Would you wear different clothes?
  • Would you allow things that you do now to pull you away from business?

 

We asked a young worker in sears if they had luggage and he said no.

  • He was talking about his section.
    • Would he be that passive if his livelihood depended on a sale? 

Luke 16:10-13 ESV 10 "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?  13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

  • Luke 16:12 YLT and if in the other's ye became not faithful — your own, who shall give to you?