Practical discussion on contemporary life challenges from an ancient perspective.
Friday, July 11, 2014
THE BUSINESS MODEL THAT SUCCEEDS
His parents went to Jerusalem every year at
the Feast of the Passover.And when He
was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the
feast.When they had finished the days,
as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and
His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they
went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and
acquaintances.So when they did not find
Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.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.And all who heard Him were
astonished at His understanding and answers.So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him,
“Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You
anxiously.”And He said to them, “Why
did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s
business?”But they did not understand
the statement which He spoke to them.Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to
them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favor with God and men. (Luke
Some businesses fail—a lot of them do.You go into business to succeed—so you
need a successful business model.
The greatest business is God’s business, and Jesus is the perfect model!Already at the age of twelve, He knew what
His business was and knew how to do it.
Jesus was in the house of God.In fact, some translations render verse 49, “Did you not
know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (ESV)He knew worship
was His business.Our lives must be
properly oriented to God if we are to be what He wants us to be.Our duty to go to the House of God should be
a delight.It was for Jesus.On Sunday mornings if someone were looking
for you, where would they look?They
ought to go first to the church building.
Jesus was speaking of His
relationship to God.It was His Father’s house and His
Father’s business.He knew that witnessing was His business.His lips were giving a testimony of His
relationship with His Father.Are people
surprised when they find out we are Christians?They should not be.God has done
so much for us that we ought to speak of Him daily!
Jesus was focused on His service for
God.He knew that work was His business.He
wasn’t a parasite draining resources but a producer distributing them.His inspiration moved Him to
perspiration.He did not work to become
a Son, but worked for His Father because He was a Son—even if it meant
submitting to the toil of Joseph’s carpenter shop.You don’t earn your salvation by your effort,
but as God’s children we ought to be moved to exertion in the Father’s business.We can claim all we want about our faith, but
our conduct displays the reality of it.Are you a slacker or a servant?The Boss is watching!