This series has been addressing Jewish business secrets. In our last session we began looking more closely at the legacy of Jews. As this legacy comes into its fullness, we find it is releasing destiny and the restoration of what was promised to Abraham centuries ago. In just this last generation significant keys to this restoration have been emerging. They are the keys to restoring what was promised to Abraham’s descendants. These are the keys to the time Jesus spoke of when a great shift would take place in the world and the model exemplified by Abraham reflecting an economic, trust society with God at the center would come into place.
The world is looking. The world is hungry to see the reality of God operating through a people. It is an identity thing. The identity of Jews is encased by their history and legacy. Jews are generally viewed as a prophetic people of God, a people of destiny. It punctuates why understanding the history included in the ancient Jewish writings is so important. As a people, the Jews have an incredible track record of disproportionate accomplishments. Within this context they have gained an irrefutable reputation as a people of business. Over the centuries Jews have left their mark of positive influence on the major civilizations of which they have been a part. Their skill as merchants, brokers, bankers and traders have given birth to middle classes in societies that previously only had peasant and ruling classes. Their creativity and contributions to humanity during just this last generation have changed the world for the better.
In this session we’re going to review the Jewish strategy that unlocks destiny. This is a strategy that develops both businesses and the community. It is the simple things that confound the wise. It is the narrow path of the corridor connecting the seen world and the unseen world. One of the means of harnessing these elements of community has involved a strategy that Jews have employed for hundreds of years. Whenever ten Jews live within walking distance of one another, they form a minyan. The minyan serves two primary purposes. First is to pray and seek God. Second is to help each other become more successful. It represents the foundation in establishing a community.
It has been as they have operated together in community that the most significant strategies have influenced not just the communities around them but the civilizations of which they have been a part. It has been the employment of the model operated by Abraham that combines the spiritual, the economic and community working together that they has achieved accomplishments outperforming in impact most other peoples of the earth. One of the most basic of these strategies, designed to build community from within, is also foundational to the impact they have made on history. It is designed to build community builders.
Disproportionate success includes hard work and wisdom. It involves this different way of thinking that employs vision, imagination and strategy. Creative thinking fosters innovative strategies. In all this will be an eye on the community and an eye on posterity. Over time, with wise counsel, this process will mature. There will come a recognition of the changes in seasons. Anticipating change will be vital to recognizing and maximizing opportunity. Timing as such can pave the way for the future. It is why bottom-up birthed organizations tend to endure longer than fast-track operations.
For the majority, success seems correlated to wealth. Yet, from the stance of those the world considers the people of business, wealth is simply the by-product. It is not only a different way of thinking, but a different strategy. We’ve looked closely at the way the Jewish people think. As we begin to glean the strategy, we find ourselves unfolding a dimension of creativity that breaks the mold with solutions previously hidden. It is called innovation. Innovation is discovery. It is birthing something new.
God’s nature is to create and to bring increase. Abiding in His ways provides a path for His people to spot opportunity, to map out solutions circumventing disasters and to bring restoration. It is the spiritual DNA of God’s people as one generation has passed on this creative advantage to the next. It is written that the secret things belong to the Lord, but those revealed belong to us and to our children. It is the simple things that confound the wise.
Throughout the business world, people are seeking the formula for the creative. Smart people are trying to discern the steps and advantages to success. Yet for centuries the greatest creative exploits consistently have been from the Jews. Jews are a culture that thinks differently. It all began with Abraham, who risked shaping his destiny based on God’s guidance.
The story of Joseph is one that many feel is pertinent to this hour. We live in a time when turbulence and crisis is everywhere. Joseph was prepared by God for a time of great crisis. His placement in Egypt was strategic from God’s purposes. God gave him the plan and the strategy for the time of crisis. So today, there will be men and women of God, prepared like Joseph, who hear God’s voice who have been or will soon be positioned in safe-places, places God will use to advance His purposes for His people globally and for Israel.
This series has been about Jewish business secrets. Making God your Senior Partner is a lot more than lip-service. It entails proactive planning with the Holy Spirit. That means input and guidance from the Lord on decisions. That requires consciously hearing from God. One of the distinctive characteristics of the heroes of faith has been hearing from God. Yet, from the days Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the people were inclined to be terrified to hear His voice.