#13 – Team Player w/ Business Acumen
The thirteenth characteristic of the man of God whom we seek is that he will be a team player, teachable, and will possess the cognitive ability to comprehend formatted business plans (and other various components).
Scripture repeatedly addresses our relationship with God in terms of family. We are not sole members; we are not solopreneurs; we are part of a team, working together for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Proverbs 27:17 tells us that, as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another man. We are to work together, helping each other, bearing each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). And there is to be no chief but Jesus; rather, we are each to develop and use our individual gifts to minister to each other and, in at least this way, teach each other. (See 1 Cor. 14) Therefore, no man can truly be a leader unless and until he is first teachable.
The Bible is a book of business. It is about transacting the business of God’s kingdom here in the context of earth’s kingdom, but we must understand certain basic concepts around productivity, transactions, money, accounting, etc. And while not everyone will have the degree of skill in numbers as one trained as, say, an accountant, a man of God must have the wisdom to develop at least the thinking skills to be able to follow along in a conversation about financial matters and to weigh options and make basic decisions.
Are you a team player? Are you willing and able to learn? Are you actively engaged in the business of the Kingdom?