The Truth About Faith and Business
How Does My Faith Effect My Entrepreneurship?
The first time the term “Christian” was used was thousands of years ago in a city named Antioch.
There were two gentleman named Barnabas and Paul (known as Saul at the time) who ministered to a “great number” of people.
And there was such great revival that others couldn’t deny seeing Christ reflected in the believers of that town.
As a believer in business, that’s what I want (and maybe you do, too…) – to have your business reflect Christ so much that people can’t deny the power behind it.
I know some people who are uncomfortable with that term, though: Christian Entrepreneur.
They’ve heard such bad things about people using faith as a mask for manipulation.
And yet, they want to see their faith reign throughout their entire life (business included.)
That’s why today, I want to help you discover what life as an entrepreneur could look like when you apply Kingdom Principles.
If you’re a high-achieving entrepreneur who longs to find ways to incorporate your passionate faith into your business, keep reading…
(Have you asked this question, before?)
How Should My Faith Impact
It’s not uncommon for believers to struggle with how they do business.
You want to make money, but don’t want to be greedy…
You want to sell your programs and services, but don’t want to be sleazy…
You want to build a business, but you also want to build His kingdom…
And you want to do all this while honoring your faith and walking in His grace. Your faith impacts everything else… you also want to see it:
Impact HOW you do business…
Impact HOW you measure success…
Impact HOW you interact with your clients…
Your faith makes you unique.
The way you do business is unique, too.
11 Ways Christian Entrepreneurship Is Different...
Have you ever heard of “Vision & Ambition Burn-out”? It’s the source of many challenges that plague entrepreneurs day after day…
Imposter Syndrome: “I’m not successful like…”
Shiny Object Syndrome: “Oh, maybe if I do this… Or maybe that…”
Analysis Paralysis: “I just need more information to get started…”
This is what happens:
You have this grand vision (We’re naturals at imagining a better future.)
You know what you want… a profitable business, a happier marriage, a bigger house, greater impact in the world…
Then you set out to do the work. You look up podcasts, read blogs, watch training videos from people who will “hopefully” give you the “secret ingredients” on HOW to make your vision a reality.
And then comes the overwhelm…
There’s too much to do…
Not enough time…
And never enough resources…
And you burn-out… And your vision fades.
(At least until you hear another “motivational” video where you start all over again.)
There’s good news. As a believer, there’s a better way…
If God’s called you into the marketplace, then He has a clear vision and strategy for your life, and that includes what you do in business.
This means, you don’t have to figure it all out. (Huge sigh of relief!)
When you start doing business with God, you’re job isn’t to create a vision. You’re job is to allow Him to reveal the vision to you so you can steward it well.
As a believer, you own nothing. It’s all the Kings. Your job is to simply steward what He trusts you with (including your business.)
(See Psalms 24)
Before you are a:
Social Media Manager…
… you’re a powerful, passionate, faith-filled believer…
Which means, you know your life has purpose greater than “building your business empire” and seeing your agenda come to fruition. Your mission is to see…
His kingdom come.
His will be done.
Heaven meet Earth.
The miraculous love of God manifest in the marketplace.
What an opportunity to be a part of His plan for the marketplace…
WARNING: I might step on a few toes with this one.
The #1 priority of a business in a capitalist society is profit maximization. In other words, how can we make the most amount of money with the least amount of expenses.
As a citizen of Heaven, we don’t live in a capitalist society. We live in a kingdom. Which means success isn’t measured by profit…
Our success is measured by complete & total obedience to the King.
Let me be clear:
This does not mean you cannot make a lot of money or find ways to maximize profit (while also maximizing impact.)
What it does mean is this:
You can make all the money in the world, but if you’re not obedient to…
God’s Will: What He wants you to do…
God’s Way: How He wants you to do it…
and God’s Timing: When He wants you to do it…
…in your life and business, nothing else will matter.
In his book “With, Reimagining The Way You Relate to God“, Skye Jethani lays out 4 common (but dangerous) types of relationships people typically have towards God…
Life Under God, which involves living in bondage to rituals and rigid laws that are somehow designed to protect us from danger and control God’s behavior.
Life Over God, which involves living in complete rebellion towards God and believing we’re in complete control of our lives.
Life From God, which involves seeing God as a genie in a bottle who exists to meet our needs.
Life For God, which involves seeing God as a boss with a list of demands for us to accomplish. The more we accomplish for Him, the more He’ll love and accept us.
And then Skye introduces something new… Instead of living under, over, from, or for God…
…We could live With God:
Imagine building a business with the King of Kings…
Imagine working alongside the creator of the universe…
Imagine having access to supernatural strategies and blueprints for your specific business…
Guess what: You do!
There are dozens of ads promising something they can never give you: Freedom.
Maybe they can help clear your schedule…
Maybe they can help you get more clients…
Maybe they can help you scale your business…
But freedom isn’t found in a clear schedule, more clients, or a bigger business.
Freedom Is Only Ever
Found In Christ.
We’re not in business to “screw our 9-5’s” (excuse my language.)
You’re in business to honor our King’s vision for the Marketplace.
So whether you’re working full-time in your business or you’re working full-time in someone else’s… You can still bear all the fruit of the spirit (including joy, peace, patience, and self-control…) – which in turn brings glory to God.
In her latest book “Grace Over Grind”, Shae Bynes shares about the dangers of idolizing hard work and exalting “the hustle/grind” over the presence of God’s grace in our business.
You won’t have to travel far to find that entrepreneurs celebrate the idea of “rising & grinding.” It’s plastered on their social media platforms, websites, and messages. But…
What happens to God’s glory when our business is built on our hard-work?
What happens to doing business with God when we can do it all on our own?
What happens to the signs, wonders, and miracles that could replace our hustle and grind?
To be clear: this does not mean you sit around, praying, and wishing for God to do something.
God can’t anoint
what you don’t do.
But this does mean we remain aware of and create space for God to show up and do what only He can do in our business.
“Not by might, not by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord…”
In his book “Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash The Power Of The Holy Spirit In Your Business”, Dr. Jim Harris lays out 9 common ways business leaders are led:
Head: where you make decisions from data…
Money: where you make decisions based on the amount of money to be made…
Innovation: where you make decisions based on the latest upgrades, tools, or tech…
Opportunity: where you make decisions based on the thrill of something new…
Price: Where you make decisions based on the cheapest option available…
Expert: Where you make decisions based on the latest guru’s recommendations…
Pressure: where you make decisions based on the urgency of a need or situation…
Feelings: where you make decisions based on how it’ll make you and others feel…
Pride: where you make decisions based on how it’ll make you look…
Now leveraging data, looking for new opportunities, and being a good steward over your finances… these are all good things.
BUT: they will never give you an unfair advantage like being “Spirit-led.”
Spirit-led: where you make decisions based on what you’ve heard in your quiet time with God.
What? You’re not spending any quiet time with God? You’re missing out!
Every morning, I encourage you to have a “Daily Business Meeting With God”, where you spend at least 30 minutes discussing your business, clients, marketing strategies, goals, and vision with God.
Some questions I like asking God every morning are:
How would you like me to show up today?
Who would you like me to reach out to today?
What would you like me to do today?
And write down everything that comes to you. I guarantee, you try this for at least 5 days straight, you’ll discover a world of vision, strategy, insight and revelation into your business like never before.
Want to dive really deep into this? Check out this “Business Meetings With God” journal.
I can still remember when God whispered to my heart, in the middle of my work day while I sat at my 9-5 desk…
“It’s time. Your season here is done.”
And I knew exactly what He meant. You see, at the time, my 9-5 was in full-time ministry at one of the largest churches in the U.S.
I was working with the homeless…
I was helping the church reach the unreached…
I was serving God in His house…
And yet, He had called me to step into a new season of business with Him. (Something I had never done before…)
Maybe for you, it wasn’t a loud boom or a soft whisper.
Maybe you have a natural entrepreneurial spirit about you…
Maybe you have a creative mind to see things that don’t yet exist…
Maybe you just know-that-you-know that business is where God has called you…
Recognize that you have been called to entrepreneurship on purpose and with purpose.
And when you have the confidence that this is what you’re SUPPOSED to be doing, nothing can stop you from changing lives.
Business can be difficult.
It can be filled with late nights, stressful mornings, anxious lunches, and overwhelmed weekends.
And if you leave it at that, you wouldn’t be any different from what the world experiences on a daily basis in business.
Instead of relying on clients and customers being our source of provision, revenue, profit, income, you can rest knowing that God has already taken care of what you need today.
You can joyfully expect Him to provide.
You can look at every obstacle as an opportunity to watch God do the impossible.
When you have a “sufficiency” mentality, you are able to recognize that you lack nothing, because God provides everything.
When you have a “lack” mentality, you put too much emphasis and give too much influence to clients and customers that don’t belong in the role of provider.
As a Christian Entrepreneur, you have to know that God is your provider, or else whatever you allow to step in that role will be more to you than it was ever supposed to be.
If the business we steward is a reflection of God’s goodness, every element should reflect the heart of the Father.
To pour out a blessing we cannot contain…
To overwhelm us with His goodness…
To see His gifts overflow in our lives…
And it’s with this heart and mind that we serve our clients. We don’t want to be average.
We want people to see an extraordinary Christ in our work.
Rather than trying to find how we can do the least amount of work, we ask ourselves: “How can I serve my clients so extraordinarily, they never forget their time with me…”
What joy there is when you recognize there’s enough pie for everyone. Others don’t have to lose in order for you to win. And when others win, it doesn’t mean there’s less for you.
If our business is a kingdom assignment, why would God put us in competition with each other?
Our goal is the same: Each one of us, in whatever industry or service we’re in, can bring glory to God and thrive in the marketplace.
At the end of the day, you have one life.
It’s said that you’ll likely spend anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hours in your lifetime doing “work.” (Likely more if you’re an entrepreneur!)
What a great opportunity to see the miraculous take place in every one of those hours while you build a business with God.
Whether you find yourself aligning more with secular business practices or kingdom business practices, you have an opportunity today to make a choice…
Dig deeper into who God has created you to be… (or settle for a business that you could build all on your own.)
Don’t waste even one of those 100,000 hours. Instead, I encourage you to spend time listening for and following God’s plan for your business.
How exciting is it to know that God can use you (even in business) to bring Him glory?
1 Corinthians 10:31