Jesus was a salesman too — BY CHERI SMITH — “Jesus was the best salesman of all time. He spent his life on earth “selling” an idea, a promise, a lifestyle and a belief system. He had none of the marketing tools we take for granted, no internet, no business cards and yet I would venture to say that he was the most successful salesman ever to live on this planet. Not because of the large commission check he received at the end of the day because truthfully, he died a poor man by our standards, but because of the legacy he left behind.
Why would I say that? Well, think of it this way…2000 years from now, will people still know who you are? Will they still be talking about your message? Will books written about you still be selling better than most books and in almost every country on the planet (5,000,000,000 copies and counting)? Would people die for you (100,000 per year)? If you say yes, you probably need to check that ego. If you say no, then you are right. People 2000 years from now probably won’t even know you existed! From Jesus, we can learn that there are 5 basic qualities that make a TRULY good salesman: Honesty – Jesus was always honest. He never lied, even had it meant saving his life. (How many times in your career have you lied or twisted the truth to get a deal to close?) Humility – Jesus never acted like he was better than anyone else. He even washed the feet of his disciples at the last supper. Integrity – He stood for something and he made promises and he kept his promises and he never wavered even when faced with DEATH. Perseverance – Jesus did not give up. He preached to people he knew hated him and did not believe in him and that would one day kill him, but he did not give up. (and you think it is bad when your commission check is late?!) Wisdom – Jesus knew his stuff!! When there was something he didn’t know, he asked God; so he either knew the answer or he knew where to find the answer. He made friends and he made enemies but this was all based on a plan to get to the ultimate end of his sacrificing his life for us. He said what needed to be said and found a way to say it sometimes in parables so that his audience would hear his message and retain it even 2000 years later.” Do any of these core concepts sound familiar?
We get frustrated many times and think we are tired or don’t feel good, we pout and say we don’t want to make the next call because we are uncomfortable for whatever reason, but Jesus. . . he embodied sore hands and feet; he kept trying even when no one listened and He never stopped loving us. He loves you even now. His pitch was perfect and His close rate was phenomenal. Jesus is The Ultimate Salesman.
We are J-Bar — we are blessed beyond measure. We love — we are thankful beyond measure. We serve, and in so doing become the leaders that God wants us to be.