Jesus and the Businessman

1.     Introduction

·          Purpose in coming together

o   Help business people discover their purpose and call of God in marketplace.

o   Stimulate advance and success in personal and business life.

·          Attitude determines altitude – how you see something affects what you do.

·          Must address and overcome wrong thinking – anti Bible – based on wrong concept.

·          Example:

o   Separation of spiritual and natural

o   Concept of church primarily operates within building

o   Concept that people involved in businesses are less spiritual

o   Concept that primary role of Christian businessmen is to fund Christians

·          New Testament Ž Every believer is minister of God with unique call.

2.     Jesus and the Marketplace

Marketplace = centre of business, education, government.

 Traditional Concept of Jesus:

·               Pictured as hostile to business and wealth.

·               Pictured as monk more than manager.

Reality:  Jesus was a businessman, a coach, a leader.

Jesus’ Birthplace – Marketplace:

·               Luke 2:7 Jesus was born in a place of business – local inn.

·               Luke 2:8-14 Angelic celebration – nearby feedlot for shepherds.

·               Luke 2:15 Jesus’ first visitors – local small business owners –shepherds.

·               Stable = equivalent of modern service station – fuel and parking.

·               This was done to show God’s heart for marketplace – where sinners are.

·               Age 12 – must be about My Father’s business.

Jesus in Business – Marketplace:

·               Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary? – offended at Him!

·               Tend to see Jesus as Teacher and King (Ruler) – difficult seeing as businessman.

·               Jesus neighbors described Him: “The Carpenter” – offended because could not see local businessman as knowing spiritual things.

·               Jesus taught carpentry from teens Ž 20 years in business.

·               Jesus took over and operated Father’s business.

·               Jesus a skilled craftsman with His own business – made tables, chairs, doors, yokes etc.

Jesus – Successful in Business:

-          Professional carpenter – earned a living from His business. Had to run shop at a profit.
Familiar with:

-          costs goods/labor

-          supply and demand

-          competitive pricing

-          return on investment

-          maintenance and replacement

-          taxes

-                Called the “carpenters son” (Matthew 13:55) and “the carpenter” (Mark 6:3).

-                As firstborn male – Jesus ran family, owned business.

-                Family all had roles.

-                Business able to support eight or more.

Jesus was thoroughly familiar with business life and spoke on it often.


-                Construction Matthew 7:24

-                Wine making Luke 5:37

-                Farming Mark 4:2

-                Management and labor Matthew 20:1

-                Family owned businesses Matthew 21:28-31

-                Hostile takeover of vineyard Luke 20:9

-                Return on investment Matthew 25:14

-                Crop yield Mark 13:27

-                Management – promotion Luke 12:35

-                Misuse of money – bankruptcy Luke 15:11

-                Leverage Luke 16:1


Jesus – Business Miracles:

Many of Jesus’ miracles concerned everyday matters – cutting edge.


-          Boys fishes/loaves – fed thousands Matthew 14:13

-          Water into wine – solved catering problem John 2:10

-          Huge catch of fish = insider trading profit for Peter Luke 5:1-14

-          Advice to Peter paid tax bill of both Matthew 17:24-27


Jesus – Financing His Ministry:

Many people think of Jesus as broke – not true.


·          Supported by group of wealthy women Luke 8:1-3

·          Seamless tunic: modern equivalent of Armani suit

·          Enough money needed for treasurer John 13:29

3.     The Call of God

·          Marketplace = where Jesus recruited His disciples (followers).

·          1 Corinthians 7:17 “As God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called everyone, so let him walk.”

·          Do you have a job or a calling (invitation from God to fulfill purpose).

·          Every believer has a “call of God” to serve Him uniquely.

·          Called to:  computer, car selling, capacity, police, and business.

·          Example:  Exodus 31:2  Bezaleel

·          Call of God carries with it anointing – empowering to prosper.

·          You don’t change job when become Christian – fulfill God’s purpose where you are in the front lines of business.

·          God has a plan, a destiny, a purpose for you to fulfill.

·          Beginning:

·          Personal response to Jesus Christ

·          Commitment of life – including business to Lord