There’s a whole bunch of reasons why people partner together to form a business. It could be a husband and wife that are looking to work on their own terms. I’ve seen complementing partnerships between two realtors wanting to handle separate parts of the same transaction each is more suited for. I’ve branded best friends, brothers, and partnerships of 5 entrepreneurs coming together to form a conglomerate.
Although we come together in business for a variety of reasons, God has established 3 main purposes for business partnerships.
Regardless of the circumstances, relationship, industry, or opportunity, God had already established even higher purposes for the coming together with our partners. All business partnerships exist for the same exact reason under God’s eyes.
The Bible says:
For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
(Romans 11:36 NLT)
See, from God’s point of view, He’s looking at the bigger picture of how our coming together relates to His purposes established by Him and for Him.
For you and me, it’s important to understand that there are 3 main purposes God established business partnerships for.
God intended for every business partnership to make Him known to employees, clients and all those that will do business with you guys.
As Godpreneurs, we are light to the business world. That light will start in our own place of business and then radiate from there.
The Bible says:
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
(Matthew 5:14-16 NLT)
It all starts with the way you treat each other and your employees. What happens behind closed doors at your office will eventually be revealed to the marketplace. How you respond to each other, and your employees will be a clear indication of what prospects, vendors, contractors, and clients will get.
God wants to use your partnership to be a light to the marketplace. When you understand this principle, you realize that your coming together was much bigger than the widgets and gadgets you sell.
God Intended for every business partnership to bring Him pleasure in as you succeed (and fail).
When you are living out your purpose, and giving back to Him through tithes or donations to charity, we are bringing God pleasure.
The Bible says:
for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16 NLT)
This is why the husband and wife leading a church or a real estate office can both bring the exact same pleasure to God. Neither is above the other because God isn’t looking at what they are doing, God is simply asking that we are doing the thing we were born to do and pouring back into our communities.
God Intended for every business partnership to show the world what His unconditional love looks like.
Every business partnership starts off fantastic. There’s usually a high level of respect and love (brotherly love) for each other. But our love has conditions going into the partnership. Our past hurts, previously failed partnerships, and expectations for success all muddy the concept of showing unconditional love. We all have conditions entering partnerships.
But your individual expectations will obstruct the ability to show unconditional love to your business partner. And this directly opposes one of God’s greatest to love as He loves us.
The Bible says
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. (John 13:34 NLT)
Our business partnerships serve as another relationship where we can practice and perfect the greatest commandment Jesus left us: love one another.
As we continue to seek out the purpose and meaning behind our business partnerships, remember: every joining up of two or more Godpreneurs to do business together will make God known, bring Him pleasure, and give us the opportunity to show unconditional love.
Imagine a marketplace where all we sought to do was to live for God’s purposes, and through that, find our specific partnership purposes.