November 5, 2010 2 Comments
by Patrice Tsague
Most entrepreneurs, when asked why they want to start a business, respond by saying, “So I can be my own boss and make some money.” As Biblical Entrepreneurs, money should never be our motivation for being in business. We should have the same motivation that God had as He sent His Son in the earth realm to start His business. God’s motivation was not money or a big organization, but love. He could easily maintain love as His motivation because He knew that He owned everything and there was nothing else He needed to gain that He did not already have.
John 3:16 could be stated this way, “for God so loved sinful humanity that He started a global enterprise called Operation Rescue, Inc.” This enterprise had one product called the Gospel or the good news. He assigned His only begotten Son, Jesus, to serve as the CEO. His goal is to recruit and train men who would lead this new enterprise and their mission is to seek and save the lost. How can a Holy God love sinful humanity? Does He not hate sin?
God was able to see the potential of humanity beyond its condition. He saw what could be possible for humanity if someone was able to successfully rescue it from its current state. That possibility so excited Him that faith kicked in and embraced love in an attempt to make that potential a reality. God did that knowing that everyone would not accept His product and that among those who do, some would not appreciate it. He rejoiced knowing that if only one person accepts and appreciates His product it would all have been worth it. He did His market research and knew that enough people would accept His product to keep the business profitable. His love compelled Him to believe in humanity more than it could believe in itself.
What is your motivation for being in business? Are you motivated by love as God was, or are you motivated by money or gain? Our motivation is what fuels our passion for the business. It drives us and inspires us to defy logic and move by faith to make the impossible possible. Our motivation helps us overcome the difficult times of business; it helps us overcome fear and ensures that we will not fail. How do you know if you are motivated by love and not money? Here are a few things to help you determine whether you are an entrepreneur who is motivated by love or money.
Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.
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