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People, Planet, Profit and the Biblical Foundation for Business as Mission

In 2009 we will have a tremendous challenge in a world in turmoil, nobody knows what still has a solid foundation.

This crisis has of course also new chances for Christians to witness and to live a Godly life. I was recently in Waco, Texas where we had a symposium on how to fight global poverty. For me the main important part was how can we be good stewards in this suffering world and therefore I wrote the following message that I like to pass to you as well:

World Partners is a development organization with a vision for the triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Profit.

Inherent in the concept of optimal profit is how we use the Planet; we are caretakers of God’s creation. Last, but not least, it must be good for the People, providing a fair standard of living and a platform for project implementers to live God’s Word, so that the local people have a chance to see Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The Biblical foundation for this model can be found in Genesis 1:28: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (KJV) Also in Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; (NIV).”

Even the word economy originally comes from the Greek word Oikonomos, which means stewardship. These two passages clearly indicate that the Lord has ownership of the earth and everything in it, and yet man has dominion over it. We became Men with a Mission at creation!

In all the ‘Business with a Mission’ work we do, we have to look at what God’s vision is and how Jesus worked. Jesus was running a business with his earthly father, Joseph, for 18 years: the ‘Joseph & Sons Contracting Company’.

Therefore you see that Jesus uses many examples about business issues in his parables and examples. I wish that we all have a fruitful and blessed 2009 in Jesus name!

Hans Hamoen
Chairman of World Partners Foundation
http://www.worldpartners.org/

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posted by Justin Forman | 1.01.2009 - 10:14 AM

1 Comments:

Interesting isn't it, that we do not read in any literature about the tables and products Jesus and Joseph made? There is a lesson here, in doing the best we can in our work without need for recognition. We should seek to honor the Lord by the labor of our hands each day. May 2009 be the year when we seek to excell in our work before the Audience of One!
commented by Blogger Michael, 9:43 AM  

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