THE FAMILY BUSINESS

A PARABLE
about Stepping Into the Life You Were Made For

EXAMINE YOUR FAITH IN LIGHT OF A GOOD FATHER WHO WANTS HIS KIDS TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF HIS WORK AND THE HELP THAT HIS BUSINESS BRINGS.

Families are complicated, and no one knows that more than Jesse. As the founder of Jesse’s Hardware, he has invested years in starting and growing his business into a nationally known franchise with a reputation of excellence. These stores touch countless lives by always providing the right tool, at the right time, for the perfect long-term repair. Everyone knows Jesse’s Hardware!

But Jesse is getting older. It’s time for the next generation to get involved and take the family business to more communities that need its caring support. Jesse’s five adult children have choices to make about stepping into their father’s work.

As you dive into this parable, you’ll find yourself in the backstories of Jesse’s kids, who struggle with issues that each of us face. You may see your need for control, ambition, security, comfort, or self-sufficiency. And perhaps it will be a catalyst for you to step into the life you were made for, to use your gifts and talents to help others.

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OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

DISCIPLESTEP

DiscipleStep is a simple online tool that helps Jesus followers think outwardly by taking a small step of faith and obedience by setting a personal goal and receiving encouragement along the way to fulfilling it.

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ON-LINE COURSE

The Live the Life You Were Made For course is intended to lead participants down a path from knowing to doing, to understanding our mission better, to enacting it in the way the Holy Spirit leads.

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MADE FOR PODCAST

Made For is a podcast that helps listeners reflect on who they are in the eyes of God, what His plan is for the world, and how God made each of us to be part of His plan.

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What were you made for

WHAT WERE YOU MADE FOR?

Business or Professional Vocation?

Accept our Father’s invitation and take your job skills to a part of the world where Jesus followers are few and far between. Check out the job listings and resources through Scatter Global.

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Youth Discipleship?

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Arts, Music or Performance?

Do you love to paint, sing, dance, act, or empower artists? Inspiro Arts Alliance believes you were made to help spark beautiful worship and witness of God’s love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

GEOFF PETERS is part of the international leadership team for Operation Mobilisation. He serves as an online course instructor with Fuller Seminary and is director for the Mission Gap Project. Geoff and his family live in Colorado, USA.