A call to be different – how does your business score?

As a Life Coach, I can’t help but continually study human behavior, what drives people toward one or the other end of success, how we choose to integrate our spirituality with our work and what makes us feel genuinely loved, happy and fulfilled.

Sadly, when it comes to kingdom entrepreneurship, I have noticed increasingly that there is very little difference between mainstream brands and those who supposedly serve God’s agenda.  It seems when it comes to growing our own little empires, God quite frequently ends up with the short end of the stick.

We certainly lean on Him in the beginning, but as soon as we get that first taste of ‘real’ success, we become more and more willing to compromise our relationship with Him by pushing Him into the background.  We get that long-awaited call from Oprah, Richard Branson or other cultural influencers and POOF, suddenly being associated with these names is far more important to us than the ONLY name that really matters – Jesus Christ.

Are we just using God as a means to an end, to propel us forward by grace and favor until we reach a point at which we become self-reliant and no longer need His counsel?  Is what we’re really after different from the commitment we first made to God and closer to what the rest of the world strives after – image, fame, power and money?

I think it’s time for a heart-to-heart for all of us who are in the business of representing God’s agenda through our work.  We need to step out of the spotlight and put it back where it belongs – on Him.  Instead of focusing on building earthly empires with no eternal value, we need to renew our focus on equipping others to live their calling and use their gifts for the empowerment of the body and ultimately the benefit of all people.

This of course requires of us that we truly set ourselves apart and refuse to compromise our faith in exchange for popularity and financial reward.  I am continuously amazed how many Christian entrepreneurs are willing to partner and associate themselves with mainstream brands that clearly violate God’s word – all in the name of success.  Using a common justification of “I don’t have to agree with their views to partner with them…”, the boundaries are blurred, other entrepreneurs follow our example and before long it is accepted as common practice (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Allow me to use this article as a reminder that we have been called to follow a different standard (Romans 12:2) and this includes not only our personal lives but also the way we conduct business.  After all, if there is no discernible difference between a kingdom business and a mainstream enterprise, how are we fulfilling our roles of bringing salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-16)?

When someone looks at YOUR business, are they able to notice a difference?  Does your business honor God in the way you market your products and services, the partnerships you agree to, and the way you use your resources to make a difference for His kingdom?

If you’re not quite there yet or have made a few mistakes along the way, don’t dismay.  Simply ask God to forgive you and show you the way forward – how to make Him the absolute center point of your business.

If you need additional help in aligning your business with God’s plan for your life and work, I invite you to schedule a complimentary business strategy session with me.

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