GOD “Do business until I come!” by David Jeremiah

GOD “Do business until I come!”by David Jeremiah

   Don't have your head in the clouds and forget the need on the ground.

   God has planned all our days in advance.

   The Daily Mail recently ran a story of Sacha, a 21-year-old “rich kid in West London, kid" in West London, the daughter of a millionaire. She spends thousands of pounds on designer handbags and has a personal trainer, chef, and housekeeper. She enjoys lavish shopping sprees. She dines out every night, driving around town in an

expensive BMW. She hasn't washed her own hair in five years; she has a personal hairdresser.

   Last fall a British television show persuaded her to move in for a few days with an impoverished single mother with three children. Sacha arrived at the stranger's home armed with a Louis Vuitton backpack, a Chanel handbag, and a Gucci scarf. Her new friend, Juanita, could have fed her children for a week on what Sacha probably spends on having a hair dresser blow dry her hair. Sacha broke down in tears. "It's actually crazy," she said, realizing her monthly cosmetic budget alone could sustain all the financial needs of Juanita's family. Sacha is still trying to process what she learned, but let me turn the tables on that story.

   You and I are the real "rich kids" on the planet. The book of Ephesians emphasizes our wealth, telling us we've been forgiven our sins "according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7).We've received "the

riches of the glory of His inheritance" (1:18),because our Father is "rich in mercy" (2:4), and in the coming ages He will "show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (2:7). Our lives are full of "the unsearchable riches of Christ" (3:8), and we are daily strengthened with inner power from “the riches of His glory” (3:16)

   We are the wealthiest people on earth, and we should also be the wisest, knowing how to use the resources God gives us for the advancement of His cause and His Kingdom. Remember, we are partners in the family business. As heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, we cannot be bystanders in the world and simply wait passively for the Lord's return. We can't become self-absorbed and forget the spiritual needs around us. Jesus said in Luke 12:43, "Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes!' In other words, we need to get down to business-our Father’s business.

God has planned all our days in advance.

Getting Down to Business

   Luke 12 is full of practical texts. Here Jesus told His followers, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

Consider the ravens ... God feeds them .... Consider the lilies .... Seek the kingdom of God." (verses 22-31).

   Then He told us about a man who was appointed as keeper of the house while his master was away. "Who

then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has" (verses 42-44).

Seek the kingdom of God.

   Our Lord's parable is about our stewardship of His work until He comes back. Having completed His redemptive mission on earth, Jesus returned to heaven, and in this present interval we have work to do.

Like Jesus, we must be about our Father's business.

Are you busy with the right kind of busyness-the Father's business?

The Business Model: Jesus

   When it comes to our current obligations for the work of the Kingdom, Jesus is our business model. He knew from at least age twelve that God had a specific mission for His life. In Luke 2:49, Jesus said, "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" Compare that verse with Luke 19:13, when Jesus told us, "Do business till I come."

   We're to be about our Father's business too!

   Jesus never wasted a moment. Though He knew how to withdraw for rest and replenishment, He kept His Father's schedule and fulfilled His will. To Jesus, every hour was a sacred calling, for He knew He had limited time to accomplish all the Father had designed for His life. Psalm 139:16says that God has also planned all our days in advance. He knows what He wants us to do in this world. We must be about our Lord's business while awaiting His return.

The Business plan: The Disciples

   Our business plan is simple-to continue the work of the disciples. Peter, James, John, Andrew, and the others all died in the first century. Despite their close familiarity with Jesus, they weren't given the lifespan of Methuselah. In His omnipotence, God could have enabled Peter to live three hundred years to establish the

apostolic work, but that wasn't His plan. The Lord expects each new generation to take up the work.

   That's why Paul told Timothy, "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit

these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2). We are the Lord's disciples on earth

today, and we must share Him with others. If we don't pass along our faith, we'll have to give an account to

Him. Let's get to work, praying with the writer of Psalm 71:18:"Now also when I am old and grayheaded, 0

God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come."

The Business Projection: Souls Saved

   The goal of the family business is the salvation of souls. This requires all our actions and words to become

evangelistic in their very nature as the Holy Spirit uses us as His channels. When Jesus returned to heaven, the disciples stood in astonishment, watching Him disappear into the clouds. But two angels broke their reverie, telling them to take the Gospel into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

   The Holy Spirit indwells us when we commit our life to Jesus as Savior and Lord. He begins pumping evangelistic power into all our words and deeds. Often He takes our backgrounds, gifts, and natural experiences and uses them evangelistically.

   Recently a non-profit organization shared the story of an international drug smuggler named Viktor in Central Asia who spent years trafficking illicit drugs into lucrative markets. When Viktor was arrested, one of his cellmates gave him a copy of the Gospel of John, which had arrived in a care package from his mother. Viktor began reading the Gospel and was gloriously converted.

   Now Viktor is back in the smuggling business, but this time he's smuggling Bibles into restricted areas. He works with Open Doors, which operates in more than sixty countries of the world where Christians are persecuted.

   God is using Viktor's natural gifts and experiences, but don't forget about the woman who sent the Gospel to the prison. All of us can find ways to share the Gospel, confident that His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11)

The Business Report: Your Reward for Your Work

   The Lord will return with a reward for those who have faithfully served Him. In Luke 12, Jesus spoke plainly

about the joys of serving Him and the dangers of neglecting His business, saying, "Blessed is that servant whom

his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female

servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers" (Luke 12:43-46).

   Are you busy with the right kind of busyness-the Father's business? The reason God puts so much prophetic

information in the Bible about the signs of the times is to motivate us. We find great fulfillment in the study of

prophecy, but its purpose isn't simply to satisfy our curiosity about the future; it's to prompt us to work till Jesus comes.

   Be about your Father's business. Don't have your head in the clouds and forget the needs on the ground. We're the "rich kids" of earth, and we have a mission to fulfill. We must "do business until He comes.”