Are you a struggling Christian Entrepreneur? Do you feel like God is leading on you a path that you will never reach the end goal of? I too used to feel that way. God had a plan for me but what plan? And why was it so difficult to figure out just what He wanted for me?
The first thing we need to realize is that we are not on this earth to fulfill our own obligations and desires. Instead we are here to serve Jesus. Somehow I think we miss that part even as Christians.
It is so easy, especially as Christians to get tied up in worldly things. After all we are human, right? However, this is exactly why Jesus said in Romans 12:2 –
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
So what does it mean to be a Christian Entrepreneur then? National Christian Foundation said in a post (you can read the post here —-> What does it mean to be a Christian entrepreneur?) –
If we are Christians in the business world, or even in the world of giving, it’s important to remind ourselves that our work must not be the basis for our identity.
What Does The Bible Say About Entrepreneurship?
Being a Christian Entrepreneur takes work and consistency. It requires traits the God gave us. It is important to understand Entrepreneurship is not for everyone.
Maybe God called you to work at a desk or in a bank for someone else. That does not mean you are any less than the Christian who is working for themselves. Because the truth is we are all working for the glory of God.
We are here on earth to love God with all our hearts and share the gospel. God uses our careers and lifestyles to do this. He works through us when we allow Him to. And He rewards us in return.
For the Christian Entrepreneur that may mean more revenue, more sales, more clients, and growth one never thought possible.
And for the employee that means a promotion, a better position, a higher salary, or even an unexpected Bonus.
In Genesis 13, Abraham then known as Abram, was indeed an entrepreneur. We know this because scripture says in Genesis 13:2 NIV:
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
If you read on in the chapter, you would see that Abraham and Lot separated leaving Abraham with less land. Lot chose to go his own path and Abraham chose to follow God’s path.
Lot’s heart turned materialistic while Abraham stayed faithful to God and grew in Faith. If you don’t know how the story ends Lot ends up living in a cave and Abraham prospered in many ways he never even thought possible.
If you follow God’s path you too will prosper like you never thought possible. Lot and Abraham are just two of many entrepreneurs in the bible.
- Lydia of Thyratira- a dealer in purple cloth Acts 16:14-15
- Solomon – who was extremely wealthy created his fortune and engaged in trade 1 Kings 3, 4:26 and 9
- Paul – made tents Acts 18:1-3
- Luke – practiced medicine Collossians 4:14
- Several of the apostles – ran a fishing business
Famous Christian Entrepreneurs
– Mary Kay Ash is one of my favorite stories. She retired in 1963 because she was passed up for a promotion for a man she trained. I don’t know about you but I would have been devastated!
When she retired she started writing a book that turned into a business plan. In that same year that she retired in 1963, Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay Cosmetics with a $5,000 investment.
She vowed to put God first, family second, and career third. Her marketing plan was developed to help women succeed and still achieve balance in their lives.
– S. Truett Cathy also known as the original Chick-fil-A owner. His son Dan Cathy is now the CEO of the well-known and loved by many restaurants.
The first location opened in 1967 in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall and was only 384 square feet. It took Cathy two years to perfect his chicken recipe before opening that store.
However, Chick-fil-A is a great example of obstacles we often face as a Christian Entrepreneur. I am sure you are well aware of the hate the LGBTQ has against the food chain because their strong belief in Christianity.
The company website says the tradition originated because “He has often shared that his decision was as much practical as spiritual,” and “He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so.”
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