Financial leaders help others into their dreams – Steve Clark
As part of my journey into ministry as Business Pastor, this was one of the ways the Lord spoke to me about the role of those gifted in business and already established and financially strong.
My 5sec take away – from a place of established financial rest and strength, we are asked to fight to see others enter too – in very practical ways – we our God given skills, abilities and talents. We are asked to go first, to take a leadership role, more than this – we have a duty to do so. We go into this knowing God will give victory, is good and faithful to our families and businesses as we serve others.
And the 2min snack….
The Reubenites, Gadites and Half-Tribe of Manesseh – these tribes were established East of the Jordan. They had established towns and farms (land), they had very large flocks and pens (businesses). They saw the value in the land they were in as very good for pasture (eye for opportunity). They could see good and fertile land – and did something about it. They had initiative – and added value to the land. They were industrious shepherds, farmers and business folk.
They asked Moses if they could stay where they were while the other tribes went across the Jordan into the promised land. Moses misunderstood their request – Moses reminded them that the last time the previous generation resisted through fear of entering by faith into all God had, they ended up wandering in the desert for 40 years. He did not want this sin repeated.
However, after hearing them out Moses agreed to their proposal to help others into their promises, hopes and dreams and charged them with going first to fight in the promised land. They could keep their businesses, land and cities – but they were charged with leading the other tribes into the promised land. Into their hopes and dreams.
They were responsible for seeing others come into their own promise – of land, cities and businesses.
Is it the same today?
Those who are established financially; who are established with wealth, businesses and land – do they have a responsibility to see others enter into their promised land – to their fruitfulness – to their place of rest – to all that God has for them? Helping others by showing the way – by going in front of them and battling for them.
What does this practically look like today in the area of business and financial freedom? To me this looks like helping others out of the poverty cycle. To me this looks like helping someone with strategies to save and buy their own home, to learn financial literacy, to budget, to live by God’s principles of giving and generosity, to show how to buy their first investment property, by helping with key business decisions – mentoring. To walk along side someone, as a father would a son, to help them with due diligence to buy a business – based on experience, based on what they already know and have. It is about seeing others come into the fullness of who they could be and what God has promised.
In this case – if the Gadites, Reubenites and Manasseh did not fulfil their obligation – then it would be held against them as they did not keep their word. Is it the same today? – that to whom much is given – much is expected? (Luke12:48) To those who have been given many talents, much is expected in return? (Mathew 25:14-30)
The challenge that stood out to me was that if we are established financially and commercially (at a place of rest) we have a responsibility to lead the way for others to enter into their dreams, their promised land, to their place of peace and rest. Those gifted in business can fight to see others become establish – and change a generation.
The scripture goes on to say (Joshua 22) that when they had fulfilled their responsibility – they received the spoils of victory also and returned home and built even greater cities and businesses. They prospered because they put God’s purposes and others before their own. They effectively reaped further in the area they sowed. Joshua 22:8 – “Return to your homes with your great wealth—with large herds of livestock, with silver, gold, bronze and iron, and a great quantity of clothing—and divide the plunder from your enemies with your fellow Israelites.”
My take away – from a place of established financial rest and strength, we are asked to fight to see others enter too – in very practical ways – we our God given skills, abilities and talents. We are asked to go first, to take a leadership role, more than this – we have a duty to do so. We go into this knowing God will give victory, is good and faithful to our families and businesses as we serve others.
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