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Today, I would like to share on Christianity and business. It might not be a very attractive subject for those who ascribe to other religious affiliations but I have also discovered that sometimes gems are hidden in places where many do not like to venture. So here goes.
The marketplace/ business environment is spiritual
If you are a Christian seeking to succeed in business, you need to be a student of the Jews in business. The most fundamental part of their business models is knowing the place of God, YAHWEH, in business. Besides the favour that comes with their alignment to Abraham, they have engrained spirituality in their business models. They don’t leave God to do it all for them, but they also don’t treat God like a messenger or an employee. That said, have you as a Christian ever wondered about the commitment that most Islamic, Asian and Oriental business people have toward their spiritual inclinations? In my observation, Christians have a head-start in financial and business success compared to all other religious groupings.
Unfortunately, they don’t know how to adopt it into their businesses. Allow me to recommend a chapter read in Perry Stone’s book, “Breaking the Jewish Code: 12 Secrets that will transform your Life, Family, Health & Finances”. It’s a great book but relating to this podcast is Chapter 10, “The Spiritual Principles of Wealth & Prosperity”
Jesus did not engage in hope marketing
He was quite strategic. He knew what would get Him attention; He knew His audience. He knew his market well. He knew when to apply which strategy. He knew how to cause a stir in Jerusalem at the right time. He knew the pain points of those who He worked and interacted with. How else would a carpenter’s son have gotten a tax collector and a fisherman to believe His message, strategy, and agenda enough to leave their livelihoods for a worldwide movement, known today as Christianity?
Christians need to understand one simple thing. Hope marketing is for the sluggard. You don’t set up a shop and hope people will come. You don’t write a book and hope people will buy it. You don’t call for a book or album launch and hope people will come. You need to go to where people are, as Graham Cooke says in one of his prophetic soakings, “your blessings/ success is not where you are, you need to go out and seek it”. Stop hoping and start hopping strategically!
Going into business is not always the answer to provision
God made people uniquely and yet put them to live in communities. Communities are a perfect environment for reciprocity. Reciprocity means that today I will have and I will extend my hand to those who don’t have. It means that I recognize my strengths and weaknesses, then I accept to trade my strengths to those who can pay value for them. Where I am weak, I let those who are better go on without me feeling that I could be better than them. It is okay to be an employee if that is the best way your calling can be effective. It is also okay to be in business.
A community celebrates and respects differences. It is only then that reciprocity can be a building block of success at both individual and community basis.
Waiting on God can never be a substitute for foolishness and laziness
The old priests in Jerusalem were patient. Including people like Moses and Joshua. They moved on the basis of waiting on God. They had learnt the art and skill of hearing God; and God would speak enough for them to hear. Fast forward to the disciples who were set on fire to start a global movement based on Christ’s teachings. Those ones were so inclined to movement that they did not wait. They had to be withstood by the Spirit of God.
In the 21st century, many Christians are borrowing the priestly model of waiting but applying it falsely and wrongly, ending up with bad results.
Your business is failing with all the indicators at red and you are still waiting on God to tell you it’s over?
You stay clinging desperately onto a job where you have not been paid for three months and you are still waiting on God? Please define foolishness!
How do you hold seed and fail to plant in the planting season, saying you are waiting on God to show you direction and the perfect time to plant?
I am by no means down playing the importance of waiting on God. It comes in handy in those moments where you need a cloud by day and fire by night; but surely, with knowledge and understanding at our disposal, wisdom must be applied to allow us to separate waiting, foolishness, and laziness.
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