Running your business as a mission field
Kingdom-minded entrepreneurs don’t see themselves just as business people but as a missionary. In recent years, the term “Business as Mission” has been popularized in Christian circles. In fact, there are entire books and organizations running with that name and for good reason.
What is Business as Mission?
“Business as Mission” is a business that exists to advance God’s Kingdom. It is much more than just an entity designed to make a profit and you just being a Christian in business. A business with a mission is one that sees itself as a vehicle to be used by God in the marketplace.
Remember: Business is about relationships!
I regularly say “all business is people business.” One of my favourite aspects of business life and especially entrepreneurship are all the amazing people you get to meet along the journey in this increasingly global village.
As Christians, we are called to “love our neighbour” (our mission) and, arguably, business people get more opportunities to do this than most others given the vast numbers of people a businessperson engages with on a daily basis.
Consider the following groups that you may interact with:
➢ Business Partners
➢ Industry Colleagues
All BUSINESS involves relationships!
So here is my question and challenge for you:
Does your business give people a taste of heaven?
You’re human, you’re not perfect, but as Christians, we must strive in God’s strength to be more Christ-like and to reach out to a hurting world. We need to ask God to empower us by His Holy Spirit. There are many business people who are under huge stress, including family and financial pressure, and need someone who can come alongside them and speak a word of wisdom to comfort them and to really be there for them as they face challenges in their lives. “Bear one another’s burden, and so fulfill the law of Christ”, Galatians 6:2
How to Maximize the Opportunity
Pray – remember to pray for your co-workers and those that you meet at work and meetings. Ask God:
- to give you the right words when talking with them
- for opportunities to share the gospel with them
- to open their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s voice
Build – be aware that God will use you daily to build a genuine relationship with your co-workers. Remember the key is to be genuine, so this may take a bit of time and effort to do. People should feel you really care about them. So love them. As the bible says “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Find out their concerns, their interests and passions and do life with them. Be there as someone they can trust and confide in.
And, be the Real Deal
- Lack of integrity has given the Church a very bad name in recent years. We can’t say one thing and be another. We must take up our cross and honour God through our words and deeds.
- In business, you will always come across ethical situations that on face value appear “grey.” In these circumstances, seek the advice of other Christian business people, and as a general rule, always err on the side of caution and choose the more conservative path.
- Christians have to be the “salt and light” in the marketplace.
- Integrity is great for business. People want to deal with others they can trust.
- Ask God to help you, guide you, and give you strength not to compromise in tough ethical situations.
Are you ready to turn your business into a mission field?
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