I’ve been checking my heart a lot more to see if the things I’m doing in my business are lined up with the way God would want me to lead.
I’ll admit, it looks ugly sometimes. I’ve taken on clients I shouldn’t have because the lure of money was there. I’ve neglected certain people in my company, I’ve talked down to others, and I’ve pursued certain ventures at the prospect of making tons of money, even though I wouldn’t be passionate about it.
In short, I’m still a work in progress.
Left to myself, I’d be pursuing all types of crazy stuff. Who knows, I might even still be a nightclub promoter!
But then I came to know Jesus, and he saved me from my sin.
For us entrepreneurs, sin always has our greatest downfall in business. We’ve all sinned against God one way or another in our ventures. We’ve done something that’s broken his commands and stepped over his boundaries. There are moments we haven’t treasured him above all else in our business as the God above everything that deserves our full praise and devotion. There are times we haven’t loved him with all of our minds, hearts, and souls.
But we come back to Jesus, we’re reminded once again that left alone, we’re dead, but because of Jesus’ power to save, we and our businesses are kept alive!
The bible says
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11 NIV)
Jesus came to save you and your business. His birth is called good news because God himself came down to intervene in your life and business affairs to save you from yourself.
Your company has an identity and mission, right? Your company is here on earth to accomplish something, right? You’ve seen some wrong in the marketplace, and your products and services make the wrong right, right?
Jesus’ identity and mission was to come and save you. That was God’s vision all along. God saw the depravity of man and came to save us from ourselves so we can live and run businesses free from the negative mindset that sin entangled us in.
Sin in our businesses separates us from God and each other. When we come down too harshly on an employee, it alienates us. When we take on a project and do something unethical, we try to hide from God. We separate ourselves for some time and hide in our shame while as we delight in our sin.
Our hearts are chaotic and we go off and bring that chaos into our company culture. And despite all the best-selling self-help books, 10X growth conferences, and motivational Tony Robbins seminars, we still don’t know how to deal with our sin and shame in business.
We alone, and even with the help of the great gurus of business, are unable to bring about what we need most – freedom from our sinful hearts.
But Jesus alone was born to do what we’re powerless to do in our business and in our lives. He saves us from ourselves, therefore he saves our businesses. He lets our mission keep going because his mission was complete when he came as our savior. God’s plan worked!
Whenever we feel crushed or defeated…whenever sin has us pinned down and feeling condemned, remember that Jesus came to bring life to the dead businessman, hope to the depressed entrepreneurs, and healing to the broken risk-takers.
Jesus lives to save us, sinners. God is here today, with us and our businesses. This keeps our businesses free from sin.