We have all heard the phrase, “preaching to the choir,” which means you are trying to make believers out of people who already believe, or convince people who are already convinced. But what if the choir is not singing from the same sheet of music as they should? Or they are off key or need some instruction to get back on the right song singing the right way? That’s when you hear the conductor grab their baton and do the familiar, “tap, tap, tap, tap” to get the choir’s attention so they can receive instruction.
But what’s the problem in the Christian community and Church?
Our musical conductor is Jesus Christ, and He is looking to get our attention within the Church. There are three issues that He sees that we’ve missed and need further instructions.
In the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30), you find that the talent was the largest currency of the first century, up to 200 lbs of gold or silver (See blueletterbible.com for the source of this fact https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5007&t=NASB ). That means that if one talent weighed a conservative 75 lbs, at $1100.00 an ounce, one talent today is worth $1.32 MILLION DOLLARS! Which means one slave got five talents worth $5.28 MILLION DOLLARS, and they worked to double the investment to over $10 MILLION DOLLARS! Each according to their own ability.
If Jesus spoke of these large money denominations, why doesn’t the Church? Why do we focus only on the widow’s mite, the smallest coin of the day, when we should also include a discussion about the talent. In my almost two years of asking fellow believers about the size of the talent, only one person knew the correct and literal amount.
Because the Church, for whatever its reasons, does not want to discuss this large amount of money. But if Jesus did, we are required to have this conversation. Now is the time to address our shortcomings in this area of Christian businesses. And Jesus is OUR business role model.
Jesus Christ: The perfect businessman model
What most Christians may not realize is that Jesus being Jewish, learned the Jewish Torah from about age six to about age 12. But it was from the age of 12 to age 30, 18 years or nearly two decades, that He apprenticed and worked in the family business. His Ministry only lasted three years, but His business life lasted six times longer than His Ministry and about 85 percent of His 40+ parables were about business topics.
Jesus was “more than a carpenter,” he was a craftsman. When you think of an auto mechanic today, you don’t think of the various technologies they need to learn in order to fix cars: hydraulics, electronics, mechanics, math, measurement, numbers, customer relations, profit, project management, competition, marketing, ethics, and a host of other aspects that goes into making a car run correctly.
Same with Jesus. He was a craftsman business during His day and He knew no sin as a “general contractor” in His business. He learned about business from the Jewish Torah and He followed the 613 commandments running His business. He was successful at it, so can every believer today become a successful business person.
New song for the Christian choir
Since Jesus ran His own successful business as the Son of God, so should every Christian with their God-given talents and spiritual gift do the same. Just as the one slave buried his talent and was chided by his master for being unenterprising. So, too, those that have buried talents need to dig them up and work them as He has designed us to work them for His glory. In fact, the highest form of “charity” in the Jewish community is hiring someone, or getting them started in their own business. The Church needs to adopt a similar business attitude.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.