As Kingdom-minded Christians, we must realize the Lord’s purpose for our business and the increase it brings. Our businesses are ordained of the Lord for us to walk in to bring increase to His Kingdom. God has a divine purpose for the business you are currently in, and He also has a purpose for the businesses you would like to start. His purposes are always redemptive and all good things work together for the good of those that love Him and are called to His purpose. You must start seeing your business like a pastor sees the ministry in the pulpit and the ministry in the community.
Your Business Has Been Ordained of the Lord
There are very good reasons that you had experiences that prepared you to be involved in the business you are in right now. The Bible says in Acts 17:26, that the Lord determines our times and seasons, and even where we would live. He determines our times by setting when we would be born. Think of the fact that you could have been born at any time in history, but you have been born now in this present day to take advantage of all of the tools that we have at our disposal. The Lord determines our seasons by ordaining when our businesses will operate and when they will grow in influence and revenue. Lastly, the Lord determines where we would operate our businesses and what geographical spheres and market spheres for which we would be given influence and a voice.
The Righteousness of Being Productive
Ecclesiastes 2:24 – “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” (NLT) The scripture says that we as Kingdom Christians are supposed to find our satisfaction in our God ordained labor because it is a gift from His very hand. It is a crazy thing when you see political parties going after businesses and demonizing them for making a profit that came from simply operating well. God can’t stand lazy and unproductive ways. Do not fall for the trap of guilt set by foolish people who scoff at business and profits. They are very deceived when they judge you for being successful at the very thing that God’s good pleasure has given you to do. Realize that God smiles down upon your productivity from righteous labor.
The Increase That Comes Through Consistency
Proverbs 14:4 – “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.” (NASB) The Lord wants us to be extremely productive through our businesses. One key to increase in business is consistency with the basics of business. Stay true to your marketing plan and business model and avoid getting spread too thin and too busy. It is important to remain consistent and not get distracted with the latest and greatest things and trends in your market. If we are in business, we owe it to the Lord to really crank up our production and become extremely efficient with our time, talent, and resources. When we get these three optimized, we start to see the increase we are really capable of having.
Time, Talent, and Treasure
Ask the Lord to direct you in your use and management of time. Do not overwork, but be careful to maximize your available time. Be mindful of wasting time or unproductive uses of your time. Keep a lookout for tasks that others can do more efficiently. Make sure that you are utilizing your talents and strengths and doing what only you can do. This is the key to really maximizing your talents. Watch your budget and make sure that you are being a good steward of your increase. Make sure that you are investing in your business and keeping your skills, products, and services current to remain competitive.
Called to the Marketplace,
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