Scriptures Every Christian Entrepreneur Should Know- Part 1
By design, the majority of our calendar weeks are spent “working”, however that is defined by you, to generate income. Integrating God and pursuing His plan for your life can be just about impossible with traditional employment structures but entrepreneurs, independents, and creatives…we have something special. Would God not be pleased with his children innovating, creating, and producing value to others that bring him glory? The appeal of entrepreneurship is the inherent ability to create your own lifestyle and set your own parameters. Christian entrepreneurs can choose to bring God glory in business by establishing Godly parameters. Here are some scripture passages that should be the foundation of every Christian entrepreneur or creative.
John 15: 4–8
4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Jesus tells his disciples that he is the source of all good fruit that will last and apart from him, we can do nothing useful for the kingdom of God. Our God wants us to bear fruit! Isn’t that motivating to know it’s in his will that we bear good fruit. If you are a true Believer, you will do just that. What good news! As a Christian entrepreneur, this is the foundation of who we are and what we do. We must always remember our source, Jesus, and remain in him.
John 13: 34
34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus commands his disciples to love one another, which is a command for all Believers. As an entrepreneur or creative, you have the ability to choose who you collaborate with. In those interactions, God expects us to operate in love and integrity. Love should be the foundation on which we build business relationships and beyond. How can you make it a point to connect with other Believers and love them in action and in deed? How can you express love to a non-Believer or person who may have a history of agitating you?
John 15: 20
20Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
Jesus tells the disciples to expect persecution. As a Christian entrepreneur, you will experience negative business encounters solely due to your belief in Christ. The opposing party may not even understand why they are treating you in such manner (Eph 6:12 the war is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil) but if you are aware of such encounters being inevitable, you can prepare for it. You must realize your business, services, or products will not be for everyone, especially in a secular market. It’s also a best practice to be selective about who you associate your business or brand with even if they are receptive. Certain affiliations can weaken your witness. There is a place for you. There is a purpose for your business and God calls us to remain steadfast and unwavering to bring Him glory. The good news is that the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4) so we can go about our creative works confidently in the name of Jesus.
Pray specifically for your business ventures and creative ideas. Meditate and mull over the scriptures above so that you bring God glory in business and beyond, through the application of His word.
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