* Notice Joseph sold the food, he didn’t give it away. * Proverbs 11:26 - Blessed is the person who’s willing to SELL! * Some people think if you’re a Christian you should give everything away. * But that’s not always God’s best plan. * God designed our system of exchange so that people will WORK! * If you want something of value (product) you have to give something of value (money). * God’s way for getting money is through work. * Our system of exchange (the marketplace) fuels our desire and necessity to WORK. * Why? * Because our work is worship. * If there’s no system of exchange and everyone existed in a socialistic environment (from each according to his ability to each according to his need) then nobody would want to work. * God loves work. * Exodus 3:1 - When you’re being the right person and staying in the right place you can trust the right opportunity will make its way to you. * Moses was faithful in his duty, which put him in the path of God revealing Himself to him. * Where was Elisha when God called him? Plowing a field. * Where was Amos? He was a farmer. * Where was Gideon? Threshing wheat. * Where were the disciples? Working in the marketplace. * All of these men were employed in an honest trade when God called them out. * Exodus 4:20 - the same staff Moses used in his business was now called “the staff of God!” * What changed? * God’s presence was with him and he was on God’s mission. * Moses’ tool for employment turned into God’s tool for deliverance. * God has ordained the workplace making our work sacred.
The Value of Work
God created the system of exchange so we could work
January 26, 2017 • Benham Brothers
How to set and accomplish your goals • January 2, 2019 • Benham Brothers
A dream written down is a goal. A goal broken down is a plan. A plan acted upon leads to profit (Proverbs 16:9). You cannot accomplish your goals apart from discipline and diligence. You cannot maintain discipline without knowing WHY you have the goal in the first place. Seven Keys to creating goals: 1) Establish Long Term and Short Term Goals - a long term goal is what you want to accomplish or become in 5 years, 10 years, lifetime. Short term goals are the ones that are measurable and include more of your day-to-day activities. 2) KISS - keep it simple stupid! When you start thinking of all the things you want to accomplish you'll end up writing a book. Refine this down to one or two points for each category. 3) Categorize - you can split them up however you want. Financial, Personal, Business, Spiritual, etc (you can have one or two sub-categories under these as well). It doesn't matter what categories you use - just do something that helps you keep track. 4) Write them down - that's what your Memo App is for! Put it on your PDA and carry them with you everywhere. 5) Measure them - every quarter take inventory and then write a date beside the ones you've accomplished. You have to put goals that can be measured - don't just put "Become a better husband." Instead, put "One date night a week" or something like that. 6) Refine - take inventory to see if you need to change a goal. There's nothing wrong with that. We plan our way but God determines our course, so sometimes you'll end up on a different course which makes your previous goal moot. 7) Pray over them daily - at the bottom of my goals list I put Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit your way to the Lord and your plans will succeed." The beauty of this is that when you're walking with the Lord He will give you the plans He wants you to follow - so just make a plan and stick to it. He'll change them when/if He sees fit. Either way, your/His plans will succeed.
How to be a Good Worker
Jacob shows us what a good worker looks like • January 19, 2017 • Benham Brothers
Jacob was a producer, not a consumer. When Laban asked Jacob what he wanted Jacob didn’t ask for a hand-out. He wanted to earn his keep. He asked for the runt of the litter as his keep. Laban made a dumb deal, but this was God’s way of increasing Jacob’s wealth. God gave Jacob a creative idea on mating certain sheep in front of sticks to give them streaks (Genesis 31:10). Jacob took the junk and turned them into a fortune. We did the same with foreclosures in 2003. No other brokers wanted to sell them, but God gave us a vision on how to do it. This is a great picture of God and man working hand-in-hand. Jacob still had some “conniver” in him, but God was still with him none-the-less. Genesis 31:38-42 - This is the type of worker Jacob was: 1) He cared about his work (vs 38a). 2) He did quality work (vs 38b). 3) He didn’t take advantage of his position (vs 38c). 4) He took personal responsibility for losses (vs 39). 5) He worked hard and didn’t complain (vs 40). 6) He never asked for handouts (vs 41). 7) He partnered with God (vs 42). Genesis 32:10 - the reward for partnering with God in your work!
How Joseph shows us to be valuable • January 22, 2015 • Benham Brothers
Joseph was a value creator - everywhere he went he was bringing value. He was walking in God's favor and it disregarded his environment. He worked according to his ability and not his pay. He was more concerned about God's name than his own. Because of Joseph's value his family reaped the benefit. How did Pharaoh respond when Joseph's family had a need? He was willing to give up something of great value - the choicest of the land. Value begets value - if the sons of Israel would have showed up apart from being Joseph's brothers then Pharaoh would have given up his land for monetary value. Since Joseph led with value Pharaoh responded with value. Ultimately Pharaoh gave Joseph's brothers charge of his source of sustainability - this is the ultimate show of trust a person can have. This is the type of worker we need to be in the marketplace.