PERSPECTIVE

THE GOD-CENTERED BUSINESS

The words in Philippians 2:5 (NKJV), “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” should permeate the heart of every business person and any discussion about Christ in the marketplace must consider what it means to do business like Jesus would.

To start on this

journey of understanding we must first ask, what is stewardship? There are

numerous definitions and many tend to confuse the real issues. A good working definition of

stewardship is: “The art, study,

practice and experience of God-centered living for the sole purpose of

character development in preparation for Heaven.”



So that means that

every minute of every day, "24/7 and 365," our lives should reflect

Christ living within us. Every

decision, every choice, every action will be under the “umbrella” of His

influence in our lives. This is

not something that comes naturally but it is the single purpose of the

stewardship gift.   If we want

to know how to truly live for Christ all we need to do is study biblical

stewardship.



Character is power. The silent witness of a true, unselfish, godly life carries an almost irresistible influence. By revealing in our own life the character of Christ we co-operate with Him in the work of saving souls. It is only by revealing in our life His character that we can co-operate with Him.

Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 340

"Character is power. The silent witness of a true,

unselfish, godly life carries an almost irresistible influence. By revealing in

our own life the character of Christ we co-operate with Him in the work of

saving souls. It is only by revealing in our life His character that we can

co-operate with Him. And the wider the sphere of our influence, the more good

we may do. When those who profess to serve God follow Christ's example,

practicing the principles of the law in their daily life; when every act bears

witness that they love God supremely and their neighbor as themselves, then

will the church have power to move the world" (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 340).



Stewardship is

often connected to finances, fund-raising, and tithes and offerings. But stewardship is not a synonym for

money; it is vastly greater than the money question and of greater importance

than most people think. In fact,

I’ve come to understand and teach that stewardship is the most important aspect

of the Christian’s life. It specifies

and defines what a relationship with Christ is like. Without it every spiritual discipline is worthless and

meaningless. It is foundational to living life on this earth and will be the

model for life in eternity.



Consider Daniel, a government employee, who had climbed to a very

high level of leadership in the kingdom of Babylon. Daniel knew that his life was centered on God and that he

had been placed in his position by God’s providential leading. Think about Daniel and his friends and

how they were true to their values in the face of not only losing their jobs

but even their lives. They also exhibited incredible integrity in all of their

dealings.



"Of Daniel

we learn that in all his business transactions, when subjected to the closest

scrutiny, not one fault or error could be found. He was a sample of what every

businessman may be. His history shows what may be accomplished by one who

consecrates the strength of brain and bone and muscle, of heart and life, to

the service of God" (Christ’s Object

Lessons,
p. 350).



usiness is a place of great influence and a place where great good for the Kingdom can be accomplished.

Therefore, as men

and women enter into the marketplace in business for themselves or working for

others, they will literally reflect the character of Christ in their

dealings. Business is a place of

great influence and a place where great good for the Kingdom can be

accomplished.



Some people think

that the defining moment in stewardship is when the offering plate is passed

around. This is a very narrow view

of stewardship. The defining

moment is not a moment at all; it is an attitude that permeates every conscious

moment. Stewardship is not just a part of the Christian’s life; it is the

Christian’s life!

Dick Hansen
Pastor Hansen has served

the Adventist church since 1979 as a pastor, evangelist, departmental leader,

fund raiser, consultant, prayer leader, pastoral trainer and in many other

capacities. He is a much requested seminar speaker specializing in the area of

stewardship, personal budgeting, church fund-raising, prayer and Bible study. He

is considered one of the premier speakers on stewardship, prayer and related

topics. He has shared his messages of relational Christian stewardship all over

the United States, Canada and overseas. Pr. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in

Theology (Minor–Biblical Languages) and a Master of Public Health. Currently,

he is President of Corex LLC of Clackamas, Oregon (www.corexllc.com), following

a dream to use a business venture to fund charitable giving and provide media

resources and more to the cause of Christ. He and his wife, Carol, have one

daughter and two grandchildren.

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