We’ve been talking about Christians failing in business because I think we are missing the point of being in business.
Let me state it as plainly as possible: Business is the vehicle that brings people to God.
Our entire lives have been sculpted and guided by God. Every moment of success and failure have been used to help us become the person we are today. All of those moments lead us to be a business owner and because we know God is real and our lives are touched by the hand of God, we are Christians.
Yes, we must make money in order to survive as a business, but ultimately we can’t make money if we are not helping people. The best way I know to help people is to show them the undaunting love of Christ through our words, actions and our business.
Not until we fully realize that our business is God’s business will be really begin to undertake the transformation that we need to do business. I know this may sound like pie in the sky thinking or some preacher telling us something we remember today and forget tomorrow, but it is more than that. Being a Christian is a way of life and if you are in business, it is the way you do business.
Practical Faith In Business
Let’s get practical for a moment. What does this really look like to live out faith in a business?
I work in the world of business marketing. Many of my clients ask me to help them with Facebook ads. When I set up ads I ask about their goals and their strategy. Often, their goal is to get more customer and they say their strategy is to use Facebook ads. I press in, “Why do you really want to get more customers? What would happen if you got 100 new customers? Could you help them?” I get various answers.
It is here that something different happens. I begin to pray right in the middle of the meeting. I had prayed before the meeting, I prayed for this client throughout the week and I prayed for my understanding about using Facebook ads. I even read my Bible each day to gain wisdom from God and here at this very moment I am seeking and searching for God to guide my words and give me wisdom.
You’d be surprised at how quickly the moment turns. I have had people share with me about struggles in their family, medical issues, etc. All because I asked about their business and took time to engage God in the midst of my conversation.
It is in these moments that I offer to pray for these people. If I find out they are a believer at any stage of believing I may point out a Bible verse. Yes, we complete the Facebook ad, but until this person is free from their pain, they can never truly engage their customers and grow their business.
I have had clients start reading their Bible, start going back to church and even getting involved in group studies at their church. It excites me to see God working in their lives, not because of what I did, but because of what God did in these people.
You may say, “Well, sure you can do this. You are a Reverend and trained to do things like this.” I would answer in two ways. One, I did the same thing before I even knew I was going to be a minister. Two, I will remind you about 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Even before I knew that I was called into ministry I was involved in business. I was talking to a family before I even knew I could be a minister and they were having medical struggles. I simply told them that I cared for them and I would be praying for them. They became great friends and I got to walk with them as they got back involved in church and the Mother went into remission. We rejoiced greatly and gave God all the Glory.
I am nobody special. No more than you. You can impact and influence people’s lives just as easily as I did. You know how I know? Because the same God that lives and works in me, lives and works in you.
You are Gifted
Each of us are gifted in different ways. You may be able to reach people I could never reach. You may be the one person who could bring a particular person to know Christ. You have a responsibility. . nay…you have a privilege to bring people closer to Christ with every encounter and every contact.
The reason Christian businesses fail is that they do not see God as the sole reason for what they do. They don’t give God the glory for every victory and ask His wisdom in every triumph. Remember, it is not about what you do, it is Who you do it for that makes the difference between a flourishing business and one that is holding on by a thread.
Lining Up Your Business with God
Take action. Go back to our previous article and do the three exercises (click here). Line up your life and your business with God as your CEO. Commit to the basics of reading your Bible, praying, getting involved in church, giving and worshipping our Savior.
You may not know me, but I am praying for you. I prayed for everyone who will see this post. I prayed that my words would be His words and your life will be edified because of Him speaking to you through these words. If you sign up for our Faith Membership, which is totally FREE, I have your name and I will pray for you by name. If you want me to pray for you specifically, just let me know by responding to one of my emails.
Once you get your business lined up with God if you need some guidance, I offer a monthly training specifically on business principles, strategies and tips. You can even submit a question specifically about your business for these trainings if you are part of the Growth Program. In my personal business I have to charge hundreds of dollars for this kind of consulting, but I offer it here on this web page for pennies a day. Consider getting involved with our Faith (free) or Growth program.
To God be the Glory both Now and Forever, Amen!
Be blessed and be a blessing.
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