The day you start your business, your aim is most probably to make as big a profit as you possibly can. You are willing to take the risk, because you have this idea of doing better than working for a salary and perhaps somewhere in the back of your mind you have the idea of donating more to the Lord’s work.
But as time passes and you face the reality of an often unpredictable and unforgiving business world, you start to realise that it is not that easy to make a regular good profit, pay all your bills, and still give more to the Lord’s work as well.
My experience is that during those lean times, as a Christian, you start to search God’s Word for answers, because this is the source of all wisdom, as we read in Prov 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (wisdom)” and because Matt 6:33 teaches us to first seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto us.
That is also when we start to realise where our provision really comes from. We become known to parts of Scripture that never before really made sense to us, like Matt 5:3 that says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit (those who know how dependent they are of God), for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
Maybe you’ll learn something about spiritual warfare in the process as well, because the reality is that we have an enemy that does not like it, when God’s people prosper.
I’ve also experienced that to be in business as a follower of Christ, is a wonderful adventure. I’ve learned so much about life and about God and the principles of His Kingdom, since my wife and I ventured out into our own business some nineteen years ago. I’ll exchange that for nothing.
There is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom hidden in God’s Word that we never get to know, unless we venture out in faith where God leads us. A ship is safest in the harbour, but that is not the purpose a ship is built for. Its mettle is tested on the high seas where it belongs. Where do we belong? In the world, in the workplace; yet not of the world.
But somewhere along the way, hopefully, you’ll get to the stage where you’ll realise that there is more to life than money and success and that your business is not about you in the first place, but it is actually all about God. We are only stewards in a business, that in fact, has belonged to God all the way. That is when we can say with sincerity of heart, “I surrender all to Jesus.”
The day that we grasp this, the time has come that God can really start to use us for His purposes in business. At the “Business by the Book” courses that I present, we sing in closing Robin Mark’s song “Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have and ever hope to be, all of my ambitions, hopes and plans, I surrender these into Your hands. For it’s only in Your will that I am free.”
I trust that you will also experience “the fullness of God that there is in Christ Jesus” by serving Him in and through your business.
(David Malherbe is among other involved in Marketplace Ministry and lives in Wellington. He can be contacted via his web page www.jedidiah.org.za or T/F 021-873 0262 or on Facebook at “JedidiahCenter.”)