The Pitfall of Being Entrepreneurial
Is it God’s will or mine? That is the question I constantly ask myself as I walk through life. As a small business owner there are opportunities that present themselves through the normal course of doing business. The question is, which ones should I take and which should be bypassed?
After making more than my fair share of missteps, I have learned the best way to move forward is through prayer. Praying and seeking answers, in specifics, is exactly what we must do. I was reminded of the need to do this as we listened to the audio book of ‘The War Room’, one of this falls runaway blockbuster movies.
As I have become specific in my prayers, the Lord has answered them in specifics. Some prayers are long term, comfort for a grieving parent over the loss of a child, salvation for a friend, etc. Others are short term for our business, do we attend the winter trade show, do we shutdown a specific aspect of our business that has become difficult to maintain or how do we handle the transition of moving back to the living on the road fulltime?
Yes, praying in specifics is essential to gaining answers and insights into the paths we should take as Christ followers. What life questions do you have for the Father? The only way to find the answers is ask Him. Just be prepared to do something other than what you though you might. Remember, His ways are not our ways.
The Pitfall of Being Entrepreneurial
by Os Hillman
“When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and He struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark…” 1 Chronicles 13:9-10
There are good things we can do, but only God-things we should do. Those activities not born out of the Spirit will result in wood, hay, and stubble. What seems good in our eyes may be an abomination in God’s eyes. For instance, if you decide to build an orphanage but God has never directed you to do so, then God will not see that work as good; it was born out of your own strength, even though it was a “good work.”
The most difficult challenge a Christian workplace believer will ever have is to know what things to be involved in and what things not to be involved in. Many workplace believers have a great ability to see opportunity. What appears to be a “slam dunk” may come back to haunt us if God never ordains us to enter that arena. There are many good things we can be involved with. However, there are God-things we are supposed to be involved with. Uzzah was a good man in David’s sight. It was a time of celebration, and David and the people were transporting the ark of God. However, the ark hit a bump, and Uzzah reached for the ark to hold it steady. He touched the ark, and he immediately died. David became very upset with God about this situation; he questioned whether he could serve God.
God’s ways are not our ways. The most important quality God desires to develop in us is our dependence on Him and Him alone. When we begin to make decisions based on reason and analysis instead of the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, we get into trouble with God. David later learned the importance of this principle in his own life. This encounter was one of the stepping-stones in his pilgrimage. David was an extraordinary entrepreneur. He ran the nation very successfully, but he, like each of us, had to learn the difference between “good things” and “God-things.”
Are you involved in anything in which God has not directed you to be involved? Do you seek God about every decision, every action before you take it? This is where God wants you and me to be. Ask Him to show you how to walk with Him in this way.