Christians starting businesses for the glory of God.

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  1. getslate1 on August 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hey Mike, I’m interested, in all your years of experience (plus from all your reading and learning from others), what would you say are BAD motives or reasons to start a business? i.e. either the people who start the business are miserable, or the business is likely to fail b/c of this motive? I think this could be helpful to me and others, in knowing not only what are good reasons to start a business, but also what pitfalls or motives to avoid…..Thanks!

    • Elijah on August 27, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks for your questions Andrew! I’ve sent it to Mike for him to respond as soon as he is able.

    • Mike Baer on August 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Andrew, that is a great question and a key to true Kingdom Business. Since our hearts are deceitful and we don’t even understand our motives (Jeremiah 17:9) the first order of things is to constantly lay ourselves open to the Holy Spirit to reveal truth and reality to us. That being said, the approach I’d take to illegitimate reasons to start a business is that they would be the same as illegitimate reasons to do anything in the Kingdom. Pride. Greed. The desire for vainglory. The lust for things or wealth or prestige. Revenge. The passion to beat others. Hatred. Envy. Control over others. Strife. These are all motives that come from the pit and “smell like smoke” (Steve Brown). Whether these will cause a business to fail is one thing I can’t answer. Many businesses have been started for the wrong reason and prosper (by man’s definition). However, there is no doubt that if our hearts are wrong then we will not know the joy of absolute abandon to the will of God nor will we succeed by God’s definition.

  2. getslate1 on September 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Great stuff. Not the average business advice you will find out there. 🙂 Ultimately a pure heart before God goes a long way in whatever endeavor we undertake. Thanks Mike!

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