This is a guest blog post from our friend Trudy Beerman, author, radio host, and CEO of Profitable Stewardship, Inc.
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 talents, 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 talent, 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.
Profit is mandated
Whether you see the word talent as we understand it 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.
For example, if you have the gift of voice, and you only sing in the shower – you have buried that talent and not shared it to benefit and enrich yourself or others. If you take that talent and sing in a group or a choir, you will enrich a small group – and gain 100% return on that level of use of the talent. If you really go big and produce an album and make it available for sale – not only can you bless many, many, many more people; but you can also earn a bigger return on that bigger investment of your time, talent and resources.
You can become a profitable steward if you want to. STOP being lazy. In other words, inactivity, or zero activity leads to zero results. Mediocre activity leads to mediocre results. Deliberate, consistent, focused activity will deliver predictable, consistent, outstanding results.
The Bible truly is a relevant, practical guide to success. I learned that for myself and wrote the book The Bible on Business, available at your favorite book store. In addition, as a Christian entrepreneur, you can learn the secrets of success as outlined by the Bible. I also have an online course for you to consider called Leadership Secrets from the Bible. No Guru Needed.
About Trudy Beerman:
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. Learn more about Trudy at www.TrudyBeerman.com.