Whether you’re experiencing success or struggling with your business, reflecting on Jesus’ life will find you comfort as well as inspiration. From His childhood, to His death, we will never run out of lessons to use.
His stories were recorded in a book, the greatest book ever written. And as a Christian entrepreneur, it is expected among us to have this book, and not just have but read.
Some of us, with our already busy schedules, find it more convenient to just read a devotional book with content that are based on the Bible. I have several in my book shelf and this morning, I took one to read.
Here, I’d like to share what I read…
My Father’s Business
If you have your Bible with you, I invite you to open it and go directly to Luke 2:14.
It told the story of young Jesus, having finished the Passover with His parents (Joseph and Mary), found Himself together with the rabbis (the professors and scholars of that time).
“Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.”
Mary and Joseph were looking for Him as if the child was lost, and when they found Him together with the crowd and the rabbis, they got worried.
If you can remember, when He was just a baby, King Herod wanted to kill Him.
After searching for the Boy, they found Him in a crowd discussing with the crowd, something that a concerned mother should worry…
…and when His mother (Mary) scolded him, His reply shocked them:
“How is it that ye sought Me? . . . Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
That answer from him revealed for the very first time His relationship to God. He’s not an ordinary Kid. Maybe His earthly parents forgot about His mission.
It points out to this truth/lesson:
He did not deserve censure, for He had not left them, but they had left without Him. He never leaves us, either. Instead, we choose to desert Him.
I Chose To Desert Him
After so many years of doing business online and offline, I didn’t notice there were times that I intentionally deserted Him.
Those times when I joined questionable online income programs, I knew by heart there’s a percentage of doubt in my mind about the legitimacy of the program.
And during the actual investing of money, and in recruiting people to join the program, the Holy Spirit that was pleading to me not to do it, was taken aside.
There were programs that are not outright scams but maybe in gray, can’t be classified as black or white, so we call them “gray programs”.
One example is multi-level marketing or network marketing.
Theoretically speaking, there are programs that are legitimate according to the prevailing laws. But being legit does not mean people aren’t going to be hurt.
Some business programs by design hurts a lot of people. It can enrich a bunch few, but a larger number of people are left into resentment. And I’ll admit, I have involved in those programs.
My Turning Point
In spite of all the money that I’ve earned, and for every success that I experience, there’s always an equivalent down moments and I was figuring out what’s causing them.
Like for example, I did earn in some legit network marketing businesses, made thousands per week, but little did I know that during those times, I have incurred debts that I didn’t notice. The interests on those debts are now hounding me when I no longer have the money!
In my “downed moments”, why am I so unlucky? Is there anything that I’m doing that is not approved by God?
I remember, some years ago I posted in social media saying that these businesses of mine, online and offline, are not really mine but of God’s. I said, He’s the real owner and I am just a manager (stewardship).
This year, as I struggle with a mismanaged debt, I wondered…
“If He is the real owner of this business, why is He not rescuing me?”
“I’ve been waiting for a financial miracle, why is it not happening?”
Then I realized, those things that I am expecting won’t really happen because, the manager took the business away, I ran away with the business and decided to do it on my own.
If I want things to change for the better, then I must come back to Him.
Forgetfulness is normal to us, humans. We make mistakes and err, then we blame God for our misfortunes.
Like the lesson that we discussed, He never leaves us . . . We are the ones who left Him.
If you believe in God, if you believe in Jesus as our Big Boss, and our conscience is the only barometer that we got to know if a business is approved by Him, then why not follow your conscience?
With Him, we’re strong. Without Him, we’re nothing.
PS: Did you enjoy reading? Do you have questions or opinions about the topic? Please leave them below in a comment.