THE PROFIT MANDATE.
Christians and PROFIT. Believe it or not, the two go hand in hand. Christians in business or management this is for you.
The parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:24-27, or the equivalent version on the Minas in Luke 19: 12-27, talks about managers who received money to run their boss' business in his absence. Upon his return, he called them to account for their activity and the one who got one (talent / mina) had buried it, and returned it in the exact condition received. The manager who got two, had made a 100% profit of two more; and the manager who got five, also made a 100% profit of five more.
The manager who got one, and returned the one, was berated for being a "lazy, wicked servant", and the one talent he did have, was taken from him and given to the one who had five.
Matthew 25:20 "The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the other five and said, ‘Sir, you gave me five talents; here, I have made five more.’"
Profit is mandated. Whether you see the word 'talent' in Biblical reference as we understand'talent' today, or as money as it is used in the parable; the outcome is the same. God expects his people, his stewards of all He has given us - to earn more with that investment. MORE is the essence of abundance, of profit. We are all uniquely gifted, and those gifts, passions, and talents can all be monetized to profitability.
Here is another verse that reinforces the expectation of profitability among Christ followers:
John 15:8 "[ ] This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (NIV)
John 15:8 "[ ] This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim." (CJB)
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How to BECOME a Profitable Steward (Manager)
How to Profit as a Steward (Manager)
- STOP being lazy. In other words, inactivity, or zero activity leads to zero results. "But the master replied, 'You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn't plant and gathered crops I didn't cultivate, Matthew 25:26 I know of many who pay for MLMs and do nothing with it. Pay out the monthly autoship and do nothing with the opportunity. Pay for gym membership but do not go, or go and profile. Paying the gym as if it is a penance.
- Mediocre activity leads to mediocre results or giving up too soon. tunnel dig end too soon. This is actually the most dangerous. Some income, some activity can lead to complacency and comfort. People in this place often claim they have no interest in money as if money is some evil goal. Staying in mediocrity too long leads to misplaced frustration. Fingers get pointed, blame is landed in every direction except to the person in the mirror. It is not your upline's fault. It is not that you did not have enough time, it is a series of decisions you made or failed to make.
- Deliberate, consistent, focused activity will deliver predictable, consistent, outstanding results. Matthew 13:23, The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!"
Profit is not Equally Earned
God is not dishing out favor or prosperity on the socialistic agenda. Everyone is not receiving favor or abundance the same across the board. Some had a harvest of 30, some had 60, and some had 100 times as had been planted.
Think about that for a moment. If you plant one pea in the ground that springs up, it produces many pods of peas. This is a good example of exponential growth from earlier effort.. MORE is the essence of abundance, and profit. More is the area where giving becomes less painful.
Money is a tool people and it is one measure of success and profit. Stewardship is management. If you are a good student, you have displayed profitable stewardship when you sit side by side with others in the same class but you score the better grade. So using the winners block the one standing on the bronze block is the 30 fold, the silver block is the 60 fold, and the one standing on the gold block of the Olympic stand has reaped the 100 fold.
Do not get focused only on your effort though. God has a part in this equation. We can plant the seed and weed the field and put up fences and feed it with manure etc - but the seed under the earth morphing into a plant is God's job. Leave God out, and the end result totally depends on you, and you will still get results, but when you allow God to be in the equation you open the door to the miraculous and to God-sized favor and prosperity.
The Bible truly is a relevant, practical guide to success. I learned that for myself and wrote the book Leadership Secrets from the Bible. No Guru Needed.
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Trudy Beerman is an author, radio host, and CEO of Profitable Stewardship, inc. where she teaches Biblical Financial Strategies to help Christian income earners become Profitable Stewards who enjoy debt-free wealth. www.TrudyBeerman.com
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