What does Jesus say about business?

Did you know Jesus was in business? Are you a Christian startup entrepreneur? Thought about becoming a Christian entrepreneur? Wanted to start a business honoring Christ? Do you homeschool and want start a home-based business? What does the Bible says about purpose, profit, business, and earthly and heavenly rewards?

Luke 19:13 says, “And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas (1.25 lbs of gold or other metal, at $1,100.00 an ounce, each gold mina is worth $22,000.00 each) and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.'”

In the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30), do you know what the talent was? Nearly all that I have asked this question know that it’s money, but that’s where their level of knowledge ends, including pastors and clergy. In fact, only one person in all that I have asked knew the amount that a talent was worth. The issue with this: If Christians are ignorant of this significant business fact about the talent, does that not place them at a disadvantage for doing God’s work?

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So here’s the answer about the talent.

The talent was the largest currency of the day, up to 200 lbs of gold or silver (See definition II.B.iii, and many others will further try and define what a talent is). That means that if a talent weighed a conservative 75 lbs, at today’s gold prices ($1,100.00 an ounce) one talent would be worth, hold onto your hat, wait for it, you’ve never heard this before…

$1.32 MILLION DOLLARS

That means one slave got one talent ($1.32 million), another got two talents ($2.64 million), and the first slave got five talents. What did he get to invest and doubled it for his master? He was given:

$6.6 MILLION DOLLARS to invest and work!

If Jesus talked about this large amount, should not the Body of Christ? Examine how it applies to Christian startup entrepreneurs today? How should we be stewards of this amount?

(If you took the full 200 lbs at $1,100.00 per ounce, one talent would be worth $3.5 MILLION EACH. That means one slave who got five talents received $17.6 MILLION to invest and he doubled it it to $34 MILLION! But that’s for another blog post)

In his new book HWJDB:How Would Jesus Do Business?, Kevin Cullis uncovers that you’ve been designed for 100% chance of success so you can create more wealth and blessings for you, your family, and others for the glory of God. Among the many things you’ll learn in his book:

  • Jesus is the model with nearly two decades as a successful businessman.
  • You can know God’s will for your life, He’s already given you a powerful hint.
  • Like an angel investor on earth, God is YOUR Heavenly Angel Investor!
  • Jesus examines a successful small business and serious wealth—together.
  • And much, much more (like a list of over 75 resources to start now)!

 

God has designed you and your life such that no one else will ever be born like you and had, have, or will have your life. So as Mel Robbins has stated in her TED Talk, “How to stop screwing yourself over!,” we all need to see ourselves in a better light. But the most important is how God sees each of us. Os Hillman says it correctly:

 

[When there is] “an unspoken word that says workplace believers are second class citizens spiritually by the words and actions [of others],…we commission missionaries in public services without ever commissioning workplace believers as having equal importance,…and we equate ministry with their activity in the local church, we are saying the rest of the week at work is not ministry.” – What Is Workplace Ministry?

HWJDB How Would Jesus Do Business? outlines how God has already given you permission to be who He created you to be, to do the things you’re meant to do, and to leave a legacy of good behind when you leave this earth at His appointed time. But one question remains.

If you were given the abilities and talents to earn $250,000.00 and you earn only $30,000.00, how will God grade your earthly performance with what He has given you?

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Three events, three opportunities, God is talking, I’m listening

Hey, it’s HAS been a while since I posted, but for good reason. Been hard at work. I have so many stories to tell. The month of October was FLUSH with opportunities to be involved and share and learn more about the needs of my community and how I could help and listen for God’s voice. Did He ever speak. As any entrepreneur will tell you, you have to have opportunity eyes, being able to see what potential there is for serving others. But it’s also having the ears to hear what He wants you to hear. So let’s begin … READ MORE…

What I think and say and what people hear and think

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Had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. We were having coffee and I was saying something about the subject that we were discussing. All of a sudden he says, “Damn it, Kevin!” He has said that phrase once in a while, but this comment caught me off guard some. What had I said that was so upsetting to him? Another friend in another conversation went off on something that was said and began a sort of blistering commentary ending with their questions. … READ MORE…

You never get a second chance to make a good ….

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I was lying in bed this morning reflecting on what has transpired in my life these last few weeks. Mostly cantankerous comments toward me (not just one comment, but multiple comments from multiple sources about many topics). You know what I’m talking about. When you say something that is on your mind or if you’re like me, thinking out loud about a topic, and individuals get “diarrhea of the mouth, constipation of the brain” and become critical of your thoughts and words, based on their thoughts. As if you’re wrong for thinking or questioning what you’re thinking. Or as it … READ MORE…

We’re not to be leaders, we’re to be….

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All over Christian sermons, education, books, and the “campus” of church or Christian learning you constantly hear the words such as “leadership,” and “emerging leaders” and even “be a leader.” Where do you ever hear Jesus call us to be leaders? Can you find a reference? Yes, we are called, but not to be leaders. The Bible never says we’re to be leaders, in fact the Bible says Christ is the Head of the Body of Christ, i.e. the Church. Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that … READ MORE…

Ministries looking for handout first before offering a handshake?

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I was recently emailed in my LinkedIn account from someone I did not know at all. Out of the blue. In essence, they were an evangelist at their local university campus and they were looking for support for their efforts. I have no problem with ministries as a whole, they offer direct contact with God’s message of “Good News” of salvation and eternal life. What I do have a problem with is how they approach those that they consider that are not in ministries like themselves. It stems from this attitude. … READ MORE…

Stop chasing the “shiny thing” versus sticking to the “sure thing”

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Recently I have attended a number of Christian group meetings and have found a similar phrase that has struck me as odd, but as a person that sees connections in various pieces of data, I must admit that what I have seen and heard is worrisome. There’s a phrase in marketing and business called “chasing after the shiny object.” This is where people chase after things that are shiny, “exciting,” or even considered “emotional sugar” and which have or offer little to no value to a person’s life or business, but have all of the glitz and glitter of being “hip” or “cool.” … READ MORE…

Would you sell your product or service to Jesus?

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When it comes to both a startup business and businesses in general, there are six questions (the other four are in my book How to Start a Business: Mac Version) that need to be answered by every startup entrepreneur and one of the first questions you almost always have to answer first is: Who is my customer? The next question is just as significant in that it dovetails into the first: What am I providing to my customer? If you don’t know who you’re defining your product for and what problem you’re solving, you’ve missed most of your effort. But … READ MORE…

Cross-pollination = cross-blessings = prosperity

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When it comes to watching nature, you get a good look at what God has set up in terms of systems and processes which can be applied to any Christian startup entrepreneur. Since Jesus talked about being “fruitful” with your efforts, he was talking about agriculture. He turned water into high quality wine (John 2:1-11), He talked about harvesting crops (Luke 10:2), the variations of a bountiful crop (Matthew 13:8), and the Torah/Old Testament talked about gleaning the fields (Leviticus 19:9-10). But in order to have bountiful crops, you need certain elements in place: seed, good soil, water, and sunshine … READ MORE…

When God’s “shock and awe” hits your life

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As a Christian entrepreneur, it never ceases to amaze me when God does something in my life, mostly it’s the little things. A small blessing here, a bit larger blessing there, but after this last event, I see how God goes over the top to show Himself to us. And by over the top, I mean He stretches our belief and faith in ways only He knows will stretch it. Just as beginning to run a marathon, you don’t start out running 26 miles, you build up to it. Same with God and our belief. Our belief is so small that … READ MORE…

Marketing, message, and testimonials

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One of the more interesting aspects of startups with budding entrepreneurs, young and old, is their view of marketing, and in most cases, their lack of understanding about marketing. Especially when first starting out with their endeavor. Too often the younger adults think that they have to get their message out to others and “sell, sell, sell” to their customers. Whatever their motivation or drive, “selling” to your customer before you’ve enticed, courted, attracted, or persuaded them into liking your product, it is like walking up to the opposite sex and asking them to marry you before you ask them … READ MORE…