It takes “Organized, intelligent and productive work” to rule. One interesting designation is the creation mandate is to “fill the earth.” It takes efficient and effective visionary leadership to “rule,” “lead,” “manage,” and fill up God’s structure – earth. All of the foregoing is the elements that make up a healthy business system. At the conclusion of work after creation episode, God enacted a “work” or “business” code called creation mandate for man to engage in filling up the “structure” that He created,
“Now no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate (work) the ground“
When a high-rise apartment building project is under construction, the structural engineers first put in place the structure or skeleton of the entire building, which defines how the building would look like eventually. Thereafter, building engineers would come and fill up the structure with blocks before you can fully appreciate the aesthetic appeal or value of the apartment building. After God, Adam was the first worker or business man on earth; he was mandated to fill up or work up God’s structure of creation i.e. administer and market productively God’s vision on earth
It becomes clear that business is divine in nature; business is a veritable vehicle to do the will of God; it isn’t created to support sin – self enrichment and nepotism. While I would concede that money or profit is a corollary of obedience to ruler-ship; it isn’t the primary objective of business. The beauty of the business system is appreciated best when it is organized under a harmonious and congenial atmosphere.
So, what is business from God’s perspective?
Business is the efficient and effective organization of your skill, talent or gift under a healthy and compatible business system. Business is the organized supply of human needs and the promotion of human well-being under God’s program. Every kingdom business should have healthy and compatible system in place that encourages efficiency and effectiveness. So then, what is a business system from biblical perspective? That will be the theme of our discourse in our next article!
Many years before Jesus launched His earthly ministry – at the tender age of twelve – He announced publicly to His earthly parents and those within hearing distance His principal purpose on earth,
“… Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?“
By this announcement, Jesus enshrouded the make-up of His ministry in mystery; even His earthly parent couldn’t understand what He meant,
“Yet his parents did not understand the remark he made to them.”
I want to juxtapose the world’s definition of business and God’s purpose for business from the foregoing text. If business is all about making money through the provision of products and services (according to the world’s definition), question is, what was the product or service that Jesus rendered to the “doctors” He listened to and how much money was involved? Your answer is as good as mine – none.
Christ business wasn’t predicated on physical reality but on spiritual reality, he sought to pursue the will of God – creation mandate – by bringing His creation into alignment with God. Therefore from the outset of His business on earth, Jesus sought to bring people in alignment with the ways of God, through His ministry.
“Jesus said to them, “My food (purpose) is to do the will (creation mandate) of the one who sent me and to complete his work (ruler-ship)”
If given that Christ perspective of business wasn’t predicated on provision of physical goods, products or services for the purpose of making money! So then, what was the father’s business that He alluded to in the text above? His father’s business is the work given Him to do on earth which is the will of the father – creation mandate.
Christ business on earth was is rulership. From the foregoing, one can understand the fundamental elements of God’s business which are:
- His will – VISION
- Rulers-hip – ADMINISTRATION
- Working – PRODUCTION
- Dominion – MARKETING
This is the core of what is known as “business system” that Christ explained in the parable of the householder in the twenty-first chapter and verses thirty-three and thirty-four of the books of Matthew. In my follow-up article, I’ll explore “The anatomy of a business system.”