As an entrepreneur you have the opportunity to be your own boss, take charge of your own career and manage your time in a way that best suits your lifestyle. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to set and achieve your own goals, but in the pursuit of wealth and success, it can be easy to lose sight of the things that are most important. For a Christian entrepreneur, a foundation built on God is imperative for success. Consider these 5 Bible passages and how they relate to your entrepreneurial journey.
Purpose: 1 Peter 4:10 - As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
You are called to share your gifts with others and be good stewards of the talents and resources with which God has blessed you. Your business is a tool that can be used to minister to others. You were created to glorify God. Glorify Him in every aspect of life, including your business endeavors.
Perspective: 2 Chronicles 29:11 - Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Regardless of whether you are at the pinnacle of success, or in a deep valley of failure, it is important to put yourself and your career in perspective. His will is perfect. We do not have the ability to see the finished picture, or to change His plan. Throughout our successes and our failures, we should praise Him and take comfort in the fact that we serve a sovereign God.
Passion: Ecclesiastes 2:24 - There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
The chances are, if you are an entrepreneur, you started your business because it is something you are passionate about. Sometimes, along the way, you can temporarily lose sight of that passion. There are very few people who can simply dream up an idea or begin a career and immediately meet every goal. It takes work, and you encounter trials. It’s important to maintain that sense of passion you had when you began. If nothing else, we can acknowledge that the ability to work is a blessing. You should approach your work and your successes with the understanding that it is a blessing from the hand of God. When you begin counting your blessings, it is easy to be passionate about each task that is before you.
Perseverance: Galations 6:9 - And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
If you consider your business and the wealth you create to be a tool for serving the Lord, take heart in the fact that the Bible promises that we will reap what we sow. In a world that seems increasingly more self-serving, there is a need for entrepreneurs who set goals that will benefit others and serve God. When you align your goals with God’s will and seek him through prayer and scripture, you will be successful.
Praise: Deuteronomy 10:21 - He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.
The idea of praise is simple, yet it is the first thing to be forgotten. When you are struggling, it is easy to remember to cry out to God for grace and mercy. Yet, when through His grace and mercy, you find yourself in a position of success, do you remember that He should be praised?
What Bible verse has helped you most in your entrepreneurial journey?