As 2%ers (entrepreneurs and leaders in for-profit, privately-held, Biblically-based firms), God has wired us to make things happen!
So we, like all great businesspeople, make our plans and go after them with a vengeance – all for the ultimate impact for the Kingdom.
But this can be a terrible – even fatal – business mistake.
Our Typical Approach
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’.” James 4:13
I raise my hand in guilt – but also for forgiveness – for the many, many times I have shared with others of MY plans, of MY great ideas, of MY new wheelings and dealings, of all the money I could make (for the Kingdom’s good of course).
And so have you.
So what is wrong with making plans to expand your business, to reach new customers, to be more prosperous? Nothing, unless you heed this warning.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14
Sobering! James’ blunt, bottom-line style wastes no words and tells it like it is.
We have no (zero) guarantee that we will even be on this earth next year of the year after. On our own power, we have not idea what tomorrow may bring. So anything we plan on our own is ultimate a waste of time for us and our entire organization.
The 4 Key Words
“Instead you ought to say, “ If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:15
The four key words are: “If the Lord wills.” Without these, our plans are very likely outside the will of the Lord.
But it is far more than merely saying these words. It is fully embracing them, embedding them deeply into our hearts and habits, to become the very foundation of our business.
Think about this: If we are doing something outside of the Lord’s will for our business, why should He bless us?
But these is even more reason to embed these words into our business leadership. A very sobering reality is that if we chose NOT to embrace these four words…
“As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:16-17
Wow! James cuts no slack.
Without the will of the Lord in our businesses, we are doomed to nothing more than our own boasting and hoping rather than His blessing and prosperity!
A New Covenant
These four words can indeed transform or ruin your business. So here is my charge.
From this day forward, make a covenant with the Lord that you will:
- First and always seek His will in everything you do in your business, and
- Begin every conversation of these plans with, “If the Lord wills…”
So, who will join me in this new business covenant?