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Have you ever wondered why the secular business world seems to flourish but the greater portion of God’s Kingdom lags behind?
Is that what God intended?
Did God design the business world to be separate from the church?
Or is the world and God’s kingdom designed to be one with each other?
In a flash of revelation, God showed me His divine plan for mankind. What we have seen in part will fully come together as we enter the end times.
It starts in Ephesians 4:11:
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Although we are accustomed to looking at this scripture from the dimension of the Christian ministry, I’ve discovered these gifts and callings have always been God’s plan for His global reach for the Kingdom.
Yes, Ephesians 4:11 talks about ministry offices. . .but it’s so much more than that.
You have a calling you qualify for. . .He wants you to recognize and walk in that calling.
Let’s look at little closer at these offices . . .even though you may have never felt called into the ministry as we traditionally interpret the call of God.
First, let’s look at the Apostle.
The word apostle is the Greek word apostolos (G652) and it’s found entirely in the New Testament.
Apostolos is found 81 times in 80 verses in the Greek Concordance of the King James Version of the Bible. In 19 of those verses it’s the singular word apostle which is defined as:
“a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders.”
This definition has always been applied to a religious delegate or messenger.
I would submit to you. . .that if God has given you or any other believer a vision. . .a dream. . .a passion. . .a direction. . .an instruction to start your own business. . . then you are a “delegate” or “messenger” “or one sent forth with orders.”
The apostle is the head of an organization. . . whether a ministry or business. An apostle can start something out of nothing. . .has the ability to bring people together in a group for a specific purpose. . .the ability to mentor and develop people into leaders by developing specific skill sets.
The apostle sees, understands and develops the big picture. . .the business plan. The apostle also out of vision and necessity has the ability to function in any of the other ministry/business offices. That’s what makes the apostle a great mentor.
The apostle is the leader. . .separated from others to form a business. . .to lead. Romans 1:1 in the Message Bible says:
“I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God's words and acts. I write this letter to all the believers in Rome, God's friends.”
Proclaiming God’s words and acts is more than just the traditional interpretation of preaching the gospel.
God’s word tells every believer how to be successful . . . whether in business or ministry. I could give you dozens of scriptures to emphasize this point . . .but I’m just going to give you three.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Ephesians 3:20 in the New Living Translation which says:
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Mark 9:23 in the God’s Word Translation:
“Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”
The apostle according to Romans 11:13 in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible takes pride in his/her work.
“I am now speaking to you Gentiles, and as long as I am an apostle to you, I will take pride in my work.”
An Apostle is called through the will of God. 1 Corinthians 1:1 says:
“Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother.”
I believe God calls people into business for His purpose . . .just as He does into ministry for His purpose.
2 Corinthians 12:12 AMP
The apostle is an effective communicator. . .encouraging those who are involved with him/her in ministry and/or business.
Ephesians 1:1 AMP
Apostles whether in ministry or business should always be truthful and filled with faith about the vision God gave them to fulfill.
1 Timothy 2:7 CEV
One of the major functions of apostles in the church is to duplicate themselves by discipling and raising up other leaders. That’s also the function of the apostle in the marketplace.
2 Kings 2:9 in the New Living Translation says:
“When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away. And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”
Successful apostles . . . regardless of their vocation. . . make it their business to find, mentor and train people to maintain and expand their vision. A vision from God is never meant to die.
In the business environment there is a chain of command. . .a corporate ladder to climb. . .a proving of yourself to be worthy of the opportunity. . .the calling to assume the mantle of the apostle. . .the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or President of the company.
God may not have called you to be an apostle in the traditional sense of ministry but the marketplace is a far more fertile field for ministry than the four walls of a church could ever be.
Second, let’s look at the Prophet.
The Greek word for prophet found in Ephesians 4:11 is prophētēs (G4396) and it means:
“one moved by the spirit who speaks forth; they discerned and did what is best for the Christian cause, foretelling certain future events.”
The Greek for prophet comes from two root words which literally means:
“To make known one’s thoughts before.”
There are three distinct characteristics of a prophet.
1. The prophet is able to forecast or predict the future.
Acts 11:27-28 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And during these days prophets (inspired teachers and interpreters of the divine will and purpose) came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and prophesied through the [Holy] Spirit that a great and severe famine would come upon the whole world. And this did occur during the reign of Claudius.”
2. The prophet offers direction for the future.
Acts 13:1-3 in the New Living Translation says:
“…One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.”
3. The prophet monitors situations and offers correction as needed.
Acts 15:32 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God), urged and warned and consoled and encouraged the brethren with many words and strengthened them.”
In short, the prophet is able to forecast the future, offer suggestions for direction and provide correction as needed.
In the natural realm, I’ve just described the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) or COO (Chief Operating Officer) of a business.
If you want run a successful business, either corporate or home-based. . .this gift is essential to your financial stability and future.
The words of the prophet must be time-tested and proven true.
Acts 11:28 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And one of them named Agabus stood up and prophesied through the [Holy] Spirit that a great and severe famine would come upon the whole world. And this did occur during the reign of Claudius.”
The value of any CFO/COO must be weighted by the accuracy of their projections.
Oftentimes, the words of the prophet (CFO/COO) must be reviewed and verified by outside firms.
1 Corinthians 14:29 says:
“Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.”
The CFO/COO must work closely with the CEO just as the apostle and prophet work closely together.
Ephesians 2:20 says:
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.”
Heavenly Father, my prayer today is simple. . .let every person who hears my voice find their calling so that can fit, function and flourish in Kingdom business. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS