A business that seriously believes that God is the owner should be distinctive from other business. If we lose distinction, which often can be disruptive to those who are associated in our business, our business may not be what God has intended it to be. God has called us to operate our business His way. His way probably is not the same with secular business that are doing very well. It appears to me that there should be certain contradiction in God’s business in the eyes of worldly business world.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his
savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good
for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
This is a quote from a book I recently read, (replaced “church” to “business”)
“Following the leadership of Jesus, his business needs to stand as sign of contradiction and of conflict, affecting and, as it were, upsetting through the power of the Gospel, mankind’s criteria of judgment determining values points or interest, lines of thought, sources of inspiration, and models of life which are in contrast with the Word of God and the plan of salvation”
We can be an excellent company doing great things, growing, but if we do not have the distinction, the contradiction which can be disruptive, are we really His? Can the world see Jesus through the business? Are we building another “good company” which we know will not last for hundreds of years anyway? Are we called to build something that really surrenders the outcomes to Him?
I want to build a business with sound business practices but would always want to have certain contradiction from secular sound practices. That is when God can shine. Not humanism or human wisdom. And that is how we will grow closer to Him. Pray that God will show me the distinction, not to be disruptive as a goal but as a means to let Jesus shine.