God’s business plan
I’ve been humbled and schooled a lot lately in regards to business and it’s purpose in life. God is the creator of work and has a plan and place for it in our lives. I’d never really thought of it this way until I listened to this talk:
How profound that God designed us to work. That we all have purpose and it’s to expand His kingdom. Recently, I was in a study where we discussed the world’s business plan as opposed to how God would draw up a business plan. This is my poor attempt at drawing out this discussion and the differences:
Let me explain. Generally company owners and CEOs are concerned with the bottom line and how this funnels back UP to the top (them) so that they can “increase shareholder values” (ie: make money!), do more and be more, and this making more pours back into the top andit funnels down through the employee and customer channels making more money and on and on it goes.
However, God’s business plan flips this triangle/funnel down approach on its head. You see, business owners are to fuel into their employees, sort of like Jesus discipled the disciples, who then are able to exponentially minister and pour into customers/vendors/those they serve to expand God’s work in the world. Money of course happens, but is used not to funnel back up and feed the top of the food chain, but to advance the work of the business, to be able to give generously, rather than to hold onto what it makes and get fat. Make sense?
What a revelation to me. Each of us, whether we’re mothers running the home and raising children or entrepreneurs making our way in business, we are each CEOs in our worlds. Who are the disciples we’re mentoring who will then be able to reach more and farther than we ourselves are capable? And what sort of eternal work are we doing, rather than getting caught up in the rat race of acquiring the worldly stuff-money, status, accolades, awards. The intangible is far more valuable than the tangible. And when we’re producing in a Godly way are we holding onto the money and success to fuel our own egos and desires or are we channeling it to give glory to God?