For God So Loved the World by Patrice Tsague

For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

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.

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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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The Beloved Community by Patrice Tsague

by Patrice Tsague

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Acts 4:32

How would you like to be a part of a community where in spite of external persecution, trials and tests, everyone is in one accord with complete integrity, trust and transparency? A community where out of the surplus of trade, the needs of the suffering and vulnerable are met so that essentially none suffers any lack of material provision?  This type of community sounds unreal and even impossible to achieve – but not only is it real but very possible.  This type of community did exist within the original Christian community; it was how the church began.  It was a beloved community led by compassionate and just leadership.  It was a community that adhered to the doctrines of scriptures.  It was a community that grew in spite of persecution. It had a stable micro economy that self corrected when there was any internal economic issues because it had a clear mission and vision.

So what happened to that beloved community?  How did we get so far from where we started? Unfortunately, today’s Christians have a reputation for being the poor and needy in society.  Even the word “Christian” doesn’t equate with integrity anymore since Christian’s cheat, lie and steal just like the rest of the world.  Unity among us is a slogan, and prosperity is a catch phrase for church growth but has nothing to do with empowering individuals.  Stewardship is a gimmick used to increase giving within a local assembly rather than a way to better care for all that God has entrusted us.  Individuals give not with a pure heart but as a way to manipulate God into blessing them.  As a result, the harsh reality we face is that Christians would rather not do business with other Christians because of perceived mediocre products and services. Also, Christian consumers conclude that being a Christian business means giving discounts and free services to all who call on the name of Jesus.  This creates a spirit of entitlement that calls for everything Christian to be free or at a reduced cost.

If we, the disciples of Jesus, are to fulfill the mandate of the great commission, we must renew our commitment to restoring that beloved community. What is a beloved community? It is a redemptive network that unashamedly recognizes Jesus Christ as Lord; adheres to the bible as its governing principles and is committed to establishing the kingdom of God within a micro level that will be so powerful and be such a light that it will influence the macro economy towards a more righteous system of Government and commerce. It is a community that is in the world but not of it. It is a redemptive network that is self sufficient, sustainable, and profitable. A community that is uncompromising in its principles but compassionate in its approach, a community that is the envy of the world. How do we build this community?  There are seven key guiding principles and concepts that are essential to establishing a beloved community:

  1. There is one Lord, one Savior, one King, Jesus Christ – Acts 2:36
  2. The bible is the basis for all activities with clear rules of engagement – Acts 2:42, Acts 5:1-11
  3. Leadership is called and is held accountable – Acts 1:15-26
  4. The Holy Spirit is active and alive – Acts 2:1-4
  5. We are all stewards – Acts 4:32
  6. Individuals and industries are profitable – Acts 4:34-37
  7. We have compassion for the needy and the lost – Acts 3

Are you a part of a beloved community?  Let us each commit to joining with others to build these communities throughout the world, beginning with our homes and our churches.  Imagine a network of beloved communities throughout the world that is lighting up the world and restoring flavor in a rotten world to ensure that God’s redemptive purpose for the world is accomplished.

Through Biblical Entrepreneurship we are committed not just to build kingdom businesses, but to create a community of kingdom business stewards who provide God-honoring services and products in a God-honoring way and are contributing to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  This is our contribution towards the building of the beloved community.  We can build kingdom businesses – but unless they become a part of a community whose purpose is to fulfill the mandate of Christ, we have failed in our mission.  Join us as we attempt to build that which is impossible without Christ – let us build the beloved community as we wait for Jesus to come. Come soon, Lord Jesus, come.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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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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Love Yourself by Patrice Tsague

by Patrice Tsague

“… And the second is like it: ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.” Matthew 22:39

I know what you are thinking, a business devotional on loving self? Is not that part of the problem? Don’t we love ourselves enough? Should we not be focusing on loving others?

To love yourself is not a self-centered admiration and focus on oneself at the expense of others. Rather, it is an appreciation for who God created you to be, with desire to express that same appreciation to others. It is a love born out of your love for the Lord. It is an appreciation for who you are in Christ.

The scripture did not say love your neighbor as you love God, but rather after instructing us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all of our soul and with all our mind it then tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Why is it necessary to love our neighbor as we love ourselves? The assumption made here is that we naturally love ourselves; it is easy to measure our love for ourselves and then extend that to others. What if we do not love ourselves, what are the consequences? If we do not love ourselves then we cannot love others since the same love we have for ourselves is the love we extend to others.

How do you know if you do not love yourself?

  1. You exemplify false humility
  2. You constantly use self-deprecating comments about yourself
  3. You allow yourself to be abused by others
  4. You don’t see yourself deserving of anything good
  5. You are quick to condemn yourself
  6. You reject what God says about you
  7. You do not love others

If this is the case then we can logically conclude that if we love God but struggle to love others it means that we do not love ourselves because we cannot give to others what we ourselves have not yet received. You cannot give what you do not have. Giving what you do not have leads to eventual self-destruction.

If you have ever been on an airplane and listened to the instructions before takeoff, you are always instructed that in case of emergency you must first secure yourself before securing anyone else, including children. This is so that you are able to live long enough to help others – if you are severely hurt or dead you are no good to anyone. The trials of life are like airline crashes – unless you are secure in your own journey you are in no position to be of service to others.

Why then is it that many God-loving Christians do the exact opposite and crash? They confuse loving yourself with serving yourself. Just because I love myself first does not mean I serve myself first nor does it mean I put my interest before others. Rather it means I do not serve you or put your interest first (at my detriment) because that would not be love. Loving myself allows me to continuously love others unconditionally without requiring anything in return for that love since the love I give you is out of the abundance of the love I have. If, then, the love I give you is out of the abundance of the love I have for myself it does not take anything away from me but rather it gives me great fulfillment.

How do I love myself?

  1. Love God
  2. Accept the way God created me unconditionally
  3. Forgive my shortcomings
  4. Take responsibility for myself and the things God has given me stewardship over

Do you see yourself in the image and likeness of God? Commit to loving your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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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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re:Position Your Love

reposition-heartLast night I co-facilitated a training workshop that focused on helping people to understand how they could influence almost anyone – not from a position of power, but from a position of genuine love. It was an incredible learning experience for the both the attendees and facilitators.

Prior to being invited to help teach this workshop, I had not considered love as a “strategy” to influence people. Of course I knew the importance of loving people, but I’m not sure if I ever looked at the benefit of loving people as an intentional “tactic” to increase my influence in a positive manner.

I believe this concept has a lot of potential, especially for those who have a desire to utilize their talents, skills, resources, knowledge and experience in profitable and creative ways that benefit others.

When you examine it, though, there is really nothing new about this concept. An ancient Hebrew rabbi – I think his name was Jesus – demonstrated that amazing things can be accomplished with a lot of love and a few followers. Over 2000 years later, we are still benefiting and learning from his example of love-leveraged influence.

This weekend I will be presenting my re:Position Life Transition Summit (click here for details). After last night’s session, I had to ask myself, do I really “love” the people that are coming, or are they just attendees/customers? Am I creating something that’s in their best interest or in mine? Who is going to benefit the most from our time together, them or me?

Since I asked myself these questions, I can’t let you off the hook. Do you love the people you want to influence? Or are you trying to influence them for your personal benefit? Do you have opportunities to help people that you ignore? Who can benefit from your giftedness that you might be overlooking?

Due to our economic challenges, widespread poverty, pandemic diseases, rampant corruption, low societal morale and other on-going life issues each of us has an incredible opportunity to demonstrate love to people in our own unique and creative ways. People are waiting to be loved genuinely and unconditionally.

Don’t use this season of your life just to focus on just yourself. Somebody needs your smile, hug, encouragement, talent, resources, knowledge, ideas or time. As an added benefit, your network of opportunities and resources has a chance to grow exponentially when you choose to serve and assist people in their time of need.

I hope you’re willing to re:Position your love. If so, your return on investment will be invaluable!

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

re:Position Summit facilitated by Paul Wilson, Jr.
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