Over the years in BAM, I’ve met a lot of people who believe that just because they are starting their business for the Kingdom, they will be able to avoid the risk of loss and failure.
It is certainly true that Jesus will never fail you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6). It is certainly true that our God is entirely faithful to us and to His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:24). It is certainly true that if we commit our ways to YAHWEH He will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Yet, business is filled with risk. Bad decisions. Management failures. Economic cycles. Disloyal employees. Unwise investments. Disruptive competition. The list goes on and on, as any experienced entrepreneur will attest.
So how does the Kingdom Entrepreneur approach this?
- Acknowledge that risk exists period. Magical thinking will simply not do.
- Determine if you have the stomach to handle risk. If not, don’t proceed.
- Divorce your identity from your success. If you don’t there’s a lot more than money on the line.
- Hand the outcomes over to God. You can’t control them anyway.
- Measure the risk against the potential for success and the resulting reward. In other words, is it worth it?
- When fear sets in look deeply to Christ. Rinse and repeat.
- Launch out with courage found in the sovereignty and love of God.
- Never look back. No matter what happens.
“By smooth words, he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.”