I grew up like most of you with a desire to change the world, a desire to impact many people in the name of Jesus. Over time and by God’s grace, I’ve come to realize a bit more about how the world works and the things that really do change it. First off, the Gospel of Jesus changes EVERYTHING! The good news about the perfect life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God brings the deepest and most lasting change in the world. Jesus changes the human heart and gives grace. Jesus changed and changes the world through his people.
I believed this truth about Jesus for years before understanding the power that business has to change the world. Let’s look at a few quick examples. Henry Ford brought the automobile to the common man. That changed the world. Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and J.P. Morgan brought electricity to the common man. That changed the world. Wilbur and Orville Wright created the first airplane. That changed the world. These innovations were driven by business and changed the world. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have all changed the world. You probably can’t look around your house and find anything that hasn’t been touched in some way by business.
Entrepreneurs start new businesses. These new businesses can provide jobs, support the economy, find solutions to problems, give to charity, bring energy, motivate people, inspire creativity, create wealth, and make the world a better place. Many people talk about wanting to eradicate poverty. Business increases wealth and decreases poverty. Poverty is the absence of wealth. I believe business will ultimately be what solves the problem of extreme poverty. The world has many problems. Entrepreneurs solve problems. Startups change the world.
At the end of the day, people need Jesus. I need Jesus. You need Jesus. We need Jesus. We need Jesus in our hearts and lives today and forever, but there are still temporal pains and needs that Jesus allows us to have. I think Jesus allows, at least in part, these temporal pains and needs for his people to glorify him by meeting these needs with his love. One way we can do this is through business.
What happens when a Christian becomes an Entrepreneur? BOOM! That’s what happens! It’s an explosion of passion and purpose. My ‘Why’ now had a ‘How’. For me everything started clicking in my mind and making sense. I love Jesus. Jesus calls and empowers me to love others. I believe business glorifies God. Startups make the world a better place by adding so much value to people’s lives. I believe one of the most powerful ways to love others is in and through business. I thought I can start a business to glorify God and love others and that will change the world, so I did. I started ThirdPath and Spruce with some other great people who love Jesus and want to change the world together.
How does world change through business work? Here’s a fictional example. John starts a business because he wants to glorify God and love others. He begins loving others by providing needed goods and services them. The business grows and he hires a few employees. John loves his employees and their families deeply because of the love God has for him. His employees now have a way to provide for their family and money to spend in their community which in turn supports the local economy. With more employees, the business can now serve and love more people. Ideally, this cycle of loving others and wealth creation continues happening. People are loved. Wealth increases. Poverty decreases. The world is changed. The world is a better place. God is glorified.
I want to see a movement of thousands of Christians starting businesses together all over the world to love millions of people all to the glory and praise of Jesus. I believe that YOU can glorify God and love others by starting a business. I think that Christians ought to be the biggest risk-taking entrepreneurs that exist. We literally have everything in Christ and nothing to lose. I’m not saying we should be unwise or irresponsible. But I do think that we go all in for God’s glory and loving others with our business ventures. The worst that could happen is we lose all of the ultimately nothing that we have. We can’t and won’t lose Christ. Jesus is worthy of our startups and the world needs them.