from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Thursday, December 15
It Is Time to Go Back to Business School
Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 2:42–50
Key Verse: Luke 2:49
He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Jesus asked, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” If saints do not come to the understanding that God has set His kingdom up like a business, they will miss out. You must set up that same “family business” in your home and pass it down from generation to generation. (Some modern translators do not use the term business in this verse, but this does not bother me. The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 still proves my point: God set His kingdom up like a business.)
We have been mishandling the family business in recent generations because we have passed down some bad habits. Many of the families in the church have passed down a business ethic that sounds like this: “Get your paycheck Friday; be broke by Saturday. Buy, buy, buy!”
“That cannot be,” you say. Just look at any of your children who work outside the home or do jobs for you. As soon as they get paid, they might buy those basketball shoes that cost ninety dollars or the latest fashion in casual slacks and outerwear at the mall. They will probably spend everything they earned because the culture and their peers (and maybe your example) have implanted it in them to be consumers and not producers. If this is not true of you and your home, then I applaud you. If you are guilty as charged, then I will go on just for you.
Consumer Christians support everybody else instead of having others buy from and work for them! They have nothing, and they continue to perpetuate their problem. They have mishandled the family business, which dooms them to be broke, busted, and disgusted. This needs to change. We need to learn how to conduct kingdom business God’s way. Pray with me:
Heavenly Father, I think I need to some business advice. Whatever I am doing with my family is not working. It is time to find out what You do and duplicate it. Holy Spirit, help me to unlearn the things that need to go and to learn the Father’s way of doing kingdom business. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.