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What Is a Biblical Entrepreneur?

By Markus Makari 

Psalm 127:1

" {A Song of degrees for Solomon.} Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.".

Commentary

They labor in vain that build it - literally, "In vain toil its builders in it." The idea is, that they are entirely dependent on God. No matter what their skill, their strength, their industry may be - all will be in vain unless God shall assist them. They are dependent on Him for life, for health, for strength, for practical wisdom, for a disposition to continue their work, and for success in it.

Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes [1834].

MODULAR 1: What is a Biblical Entrepreneur?

Whether you are an inspiring entrepreneur or a CEO of a major corporation, the Bible

is the ultimate source for valuable, pertinent advice and guidance; it provides you with the keys to your future successes. Jesus used scriptures by quoting passages as He taught. He used Isaiah's prophecies to bring to disruption the Pharisees' false piety (Mark 7:6-13). In Luke 24:25-27 he explained that the things concerning Himself had been written by Moses and the prophets. Most notability, when being tempted by the devil, Jesus used scriptures, (Matthew 4:4 - KJV), "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God". Also, read Matthew 4:7 and Matthew 4:10.

So, what is a Biblical Entrepreneur, (also in some circles the term Christian Entrepreneur is used. To fully understanding the meaning (and heart) of a Biblical Entrepreneur, you must understand how the world God views business and entrepreneurship.

In college I studied business on several levels, both undergrad and graduate programs. Both taught (by definition) that an entrepreneur's main concern is the generation and accumulation of wealth for shareholders and stakeholders. The success of the business is determined by that end goal. Everything about the business from the customer to the employees, finances, product, marketing, and management team worked to reach the goal to accumulate wealth (grow the business).

Although, making money is a key objective for all business ( no profit, no business), the focus of a "Biblical Entrepreneur" (by definition) is someone (a Christian) who uses their talents, treasures, and time to operate a business, in which God has place them as a steward, in a manner that will bring Him glory, as well as be a blessing to his or her community, nation, and world.

Why is this distension important? As a Biblical Entrepreneur you will have many ups and downs. Knowing the "why" you are in business will give you the strength, courage, and tanistry to face the hard times. Knowing the "why" is the start of building a successful business based on the Kingdom Principles.

Foundational Question(s).

1. Do you pray (daily) for God to guide you in every part of being a "Biblical Entrepreneur"?

2. Do you invite God to your Board Room Meetings? (Even if you are the only person in the Board Room)?

3. How will your business glorify God? (More on this in later chapters).

Vocabulary

Biblical Entrepreneur: Someone (a Christian) who uses their talents, treasures, and time to operate a business, in which God has place them as a steward, in a manner that will bring Him glory, as well as be a blessing to his or her community, nation, and world.

Business Playbook: A Playbook provides a clear and measurable "audit path" for accountability.

Business Plan: A document setting out a business's future objectives and strategies for achieving them.

Kingdom Business Plan: A kingdom business is an enterprise directed by the Holy Spirit and managed by a godly leader that uses its time, talent, and money to meet the spiritual and/or physical needs of the community around them to advance God's purpose.

Shareholders: A person who owns shares in a company. Someone who owns stock in Apple is an example of a shareholder.

Stakeholders: A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization. Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives and policies. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources.

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Faith Business Institute is a Christian organization committed to helping entrepreneurs develop and grow their business endeavors based on Kingdom Business Principles.

We coach Biblical Entrepreneurs how to get their work into the world, so they can serve God's other children.


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Glory for Jesus and for Me

By Gerjo Ben Van Der Merwe 

I'm still thinking about verse 12...

I learned a lot from the story about Abraham who became a broom manager. There are two kinds of people with different views of people who suffer. One kind, like the biltong chewer, see people like Abraham as a burden that has to disappear as quickly as possible before they make him go quicker with a fist in the right place.

I don't think that is how Jesus would've treated Abraham.

The other kind is led by people like Hendrik. Hendrik saw Abraham with the eyes of his heart. Then you see differently. Then you see the need. Then you hurt when others have nothing. But even more than that, then you have no choice but to make a plan and do something.

That is exactly what Jesus would've done.

Hendrik and Abraham's story touched our readers. We want to act like that too. We want to help others too. We want to make a real difference. We are driven and motivated to find places where need exists and we want to make plans to alleviate that need. How different the world would look if each reader of the story does one small thing to alleviate the need of others!

But there is more to this than Abraham, Hendrik and our readers, because you see, the net effect of this life-changing story is that Jesus is glorified. In a way, Jesus becomes tangible through what we do. Jesus gets hands and feet through the way that Hendrik acts. Jesus becomes visible to the world, because Hendrik is prepared to make a difference and to be used by Jesus.

Now verse 12 has real meaning: 12If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

The English Standard Version makes it even clearer: 12... so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is glorified through Hendrik's actions. Jesus receives acclaim, honor and glory through the good works that are done. In a way, we can say that our hands and feet, our works, become a mirror that reflects Jesus. People in need are often astounded by the kindness shown to them. Then they cannot keep quiet about the goodness and favor, because they are overcome by giving thanks and honor to the Source of the goodness that they received via the children of God.

That is how Jesus is glorified through our actions. Others can see Jesus in our works. Sometimes this is the first kind of contact that people may have with Jesus and they cannot remain the same when they've come into contact with the heavenly Son of God.

And us? In the process we are honored by Jesus (not people) because we are simply doing our work. No, we don't do it for the glory. We do good to others out of gratitude for being saved by Christ. Jesus is grateful that we eventually understand this. He is grateful that our faith in Him becomes visible through our good deeds. And we receive glory from Him.

Wow, I feel so small when I think that the Almighty Jesus Christ honors me. That is grace alone!

Scripture

2 Thessalonians1:11-12

To think about

Is Jesus glorified through your deeds?

Do you receive glory from Jesus as a result of your deeds?

Are you available and useful to Jesus?

Prayer

Jesus, it is so strange to think that You want to honor me. But it sounds wonderful. I want to honor You through my deeds. I want to make a difference where I live and work. Open my eyes so that I can see the need. Amen.

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