I’ve known about Jesus my whole life. My parents brought me up Catholic. I eventually came to have a more personal relationship with him. That’s when I began to scratch the surface on who he really was.
As an entrepreneur getting to know Jesus, here is what I saw. I saw a man with tremendous influence. I saw him praised for his message, yet punished. I saw him desired for what he was offering, yet despised. I saw him as chosen and called, but beaten and condemned as a criminal.
We entrepreneurs all have our view of who Jesus is. Even different religions see him in different ways. The people of his day saw him a totally different way. Heck, his own family saw him a completely different way.
But who we say Jesus is has a profound impact on every level of our business. From the financial to the strategic and personal aspects of our ventures, our understanding of who he is will either make our business life rich with him or full of our selves.
And although everyone has an opinion on who Jesus is, Jesus isn’t concerned about public opinion. He is concerned about how we (me and you individually) say he is.
The bible says
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17 NIV)
Here we see Jesus is less consumed about what the public thinks and more concerned about who his own followers think he is.
Peter says “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” and gets the answer right.
For me and you, our entire business lives hinges on this question too. And getting to the place in our lives where we can only know Jesus as the Son of the living God will change every aspect of the way our businesses, products, and services minister in the marketplace.
Your pastor can reveal truth, my blogs can teach business ethics, inventors and creatives can bring about change, but only Jesus who came to save the world can offer you the hope of eternal life.
Leading up to Easter, I wanted to get to know more foundational truths about the identity of Jesus. I think all of us entrepreneurs should consider how his identity transforms us, and thus affects our businesses. I know my business is completely different today than it was back in 2008, but I still feel I’m scratching the surface on and how this change occurs.
If you too do not yet know what you believe about this man named Jesus, I invite you to take a small step of faith with me and ask God to make the truth about him plain for us:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are hungry for your truth. We have been called to lead businesses and minister in your marketplaces. We want the truth about who Jesus really is. Use your word to convince us and change us as we seek truth.