From my perspective, work is worship. As an entrepreneur who has a living and active relationship with Jesus Christ, I want my work to be full of worship, and to avoid our culture’s obsession with the worship of entrepreneurship.
I’ve been thinking a lot about being an entrepreneur, and the believer’s role as an entrepreneurial leader. With this perspective in mind, these thoughts and this idea of EntreWorship™ may not be for you, and that’s OK.
I’ve always believed entrepreneurship is a way of thinking; its principles can be taught, but to be an entrepreneur, you have to think like one.
Worship is a way of thinking that can have profound and deep influence on how we live. When we think first of the One whom we worship, and who he has called us to serve in love, we begin to know God’s will for us. It’s transformational. To be transformed, you have to allow God to change the way you think.
The Apostle Paul challenged the Romans in Chapter 12, verses 1 and 2:
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
I believe our culture, including church culture, has a flawed perspective about work. Business culture celebrates leaders; the church talks about leadership but really wants followers.
Entrepreneurs tend to be leaders, and not always good followers. It’s not a fault; it’s the way we’re wired. In the tension in between live those who want to live by faith and do work that matters, following their Lord and leading with the gifts and insights they have been given.
We all struggle; we all yearn for success. There has to be more to the journey of faith and lifestyle of entrepreneurship than prosperity; at the same time the drive for success needs to drive you to want to profit from your business, or all you’re left with is a hobby.
I believe the Bible contains much wisdom that is relevant to entrepreneurs. I also believe that an entrepreneurial perspective on the Bible and faith is sorely needed for today.
The last thing we need is “The Entrepreneur’s Bible;” what we need is to have a biblical perspective on entrepreneurship, and an entrepreneurial perspective of worship.
This is what I call EntreWorship.
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