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Do you sometimes feel the tension between feeling like you are being taken advantage of and feeling like you are taking advantage of other people? What does it really mean to be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove? How do you successfully apply this in business?
In Matthew 10:16, Jesus says to His disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” This is not just true for the early disciples, it is true for us today as well. Each day as we go into the marketplace, we are operating business among wolves. Why wolves? Wolves are aggressive predators who intentionally try each day to bring harm to their prey and they love sheep. With this in mind, Jesus gave His disciples some instructions that they must follow to protect themselves. He tells them, “Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
He takes two animals whose characteristics are completely opposite and instructs His disciples to mirror them. One of the animals he instructs them to mirror is the very beast that the Devil used to cause Adam and Eve to sin against God in the garden. While the other is the sacrificial animal typically used in worship before God.
Why does Jesus take such polar opposites to prepare us to survive? Both animals represent characteristics that we need as Christians if we are going to overcome the daily predatory aggression of the enemy. One alone will not do. If we act just like the serpent, we will be used by the evil one to bring harm to others and if we act just like the dove, the evil one will have us for lunch and it will not be a Holy sacrifice. If we operate in both to the extreme, we will manifest a blended personality trait that will fight off the works of the devil while forwarding Christ’s agenda.
Wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove is the ability to operate offensively with gentleness and a pure heart. It is how Abraham was able to lay the foundation for the Hebrews to become a nation. It is how Jesus was able to realize the assignment that God the Father gave Him. It is how Paul was able to expand the Kingdom of God more than any of his contemporaries.
However, this is undoubtedly easier said than done! How does this work? How do you apply these principles in business when dealing with employees, customers, the government, competitors, etc.? How do you use these principles to build a profitable sustainable business that impacts the Kingdom of God??
Not only has the Benham Brothers done it, but they also teach it. They have used this principle to grow a nationally recognized real estate franchise in the United States to 100 offices in 35 states and catapulted themselves onto the national stage. They topped charts like Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies, Franchise 500’s Top New Franchises, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists, Wall Street Journal’s Top Five Real Estate Agents in America list, and the US Chamber of Commerce’s Top Small Business of the Year.
In the next E-Community Forum, you will:
1. Learn how David and Jason Benham used these principles to grow their nationally recognized real estate franchise
2. Learn how you can apply these principles to any type of business in any market environment and culture to achieve great results
3. Connect with other Kingdom Entrepreneurs who are building sustainable Kingdom businesses while advancing God’s purposes
Cost: FREE for all paying EC Members. $25 for Bronze and Non-members.
Host: Patrice Tsague
Special Guests: Benham Brothers
Date: Tuesday, 22 February 2022
Time: 07:00 AM – 09:00 AM US Pacific Time
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