Gurus, Teachers, and False Preachers – choosing the right business mentor

snakeLately, I have been blown away by what I see some business mentors and spiritual advisors say and do in order to win a following and score new customers. 

However, whether it’s cursing like a sailor, rolling across a bed in lingerie or publishing articles that explain how to “conjure up” your dream life and all the business you want, I am even more fascinated by the fact that people follow these “gurus” in an almost cult-like fashion.

I admit, it works – curiosity, a need to escape the mundane and be whisked away to a fantasy land of living a better, more exciting life can be very alluring – even to a believer (1 John 2:16).  A secular marketing program I purchased some time ago suggested that one must “create a perception of increase” in order to convince people that they don’t have enough – success, money, fame, happiness, confidence, security, beauty or anything else that currently seems to be out of reach for them.

Remember that one of the enemy’s greatest form of deception is his ability to present himself disguised as everything you ever wanted (2 Corinthians 11:14).  As Christian consumers, we simply must break free from illusions of instant promotion, riches and being made to feel that we are “not enough” as we are.  

Likewise, as Christian business owners we must strive to operate our businesses differently.  We must not stretch the truth, deceive, make false promises, continuously come up with new schemes, and tempt others to sin in any way.

In either case, we have been bought for a price and set apart from the world that we may glorify God (1 Peter 1:18-19), not ourselves.   Our job is to do our best to represent the character of Christ in all that we do including our business transactions (Ephesians 4:14).

John Maxwell said: “I’d rather be messy and connect (with people) than be tidy and untouchable.”  I would follow that up by saying “I’d rather have a small following of people I am in true relationship with than stand on a pedestal to be worshipped by an army of fans.” 

The glory for everything we do as Christian business owners belongs to God and we must be willing to take the spotlight off ourselves and place it onto Him who goes before us leading the way.

This is my appeal to you:  hold your mentors, teachers, and those you get spiritual guidance from to a higher standard.  Be selective about who you allow to speak into your life, carefully listen to what you are being taught and measure ALL things against the Word of God (Colossians 2:8).

If you are looking for a Christian business mentor and coach to help you choose the right resources for your business and take your success to the next level, I invite you to schedule a complimentary “Next Level Business Success” session with me.  Click below to schedule.

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  1. Modupe says:

    Amen! This post is so on point! As Christian entrepreneurs I think it’s imperative that we do things differently and glorify God!

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