When it comes to watching nature, you get a good look at what God has set up in terms of systems and processes which can be applied to any Christian startup entrepreneur.
Since Jesus talked about being “fruitful” with your efforts, he was talking about agriculture. He turned water into high quality wine (John 2:1-11), He talked about harvesting crops (Luke 10:2), the variations of a bountiful crop (Matthew 13:8), and the Torah/Old Testament talked about gleaning the fields (Leviticus 19:9-10).
But in order to have bountiful crops, you need certain elements in place: seed, good soil, water, and sunshine just for starters. Planting a seed and adding water first creates roots, then shoots, and finally fruits. But before we get to the fruit, there is one step that is absolutely essential to being fruitful.
As a Christian entrepreneur, it never ceases to amaze me when God does something in my life, mostly it’s the little things. A small blessing here, a bit larger blessing there, but after this last event, I see how God goes over the top to show Himself to us.
And by over the top, I mean He stretches our belief and faith in ways only He knows will stretch it. Just as beginning to run a marathon, you don’t start out running 26 miles, you build up to it.
Same with God and our belief. Our belief is so small that if He did do something big, we’d most likely have unbelief, and that is what He does NOT want us to have. So it means we have to learn and grow our faith over time, ever bigger and bigger over time.
One of the more interesting aspects of startups with budding entrepreneurs, young and old, is their view of marketing, and in most cases, their lack of understanding about marketing. Especially when first starting out with their endeavor.
Too often the younger adults think that they have to get their message out to others and “sell, sell, sell” to their customers. Whatever their motivation or drive, “selling” to your customer before you’ve enticed, courted, attracted, or persuaded them into liking your product, it is like walking up to the opposite sex and asking them to marry you before you ask them on a date.
But, startup entrepreneurs need to be taught, trained, and mentored into how to market, create a message, and most of all, give AND receive testimonials from others.
Stop the Christian ministries! Stop the Christian nonprofits! Stop the Christian titles!
Yes, you heard me.
Please stop with the emphasis on, marketing of, or bemoaning your lack of, having or starting a “ministry” for your life.
It starts with that familiar saying of we hear in Christian or church circles or in church itself, “My ministry is …” with a M-A-J-O-R emphasis and elevation and emotive of the word ministry!
Am I being anti-ministry? Am I condemning others for having a ministry? Not in the least, but let’s give some perspective of what is a ministry.
You know, we all get up on the morning, take a shower or bath, and then head to the bedroom to decide what we’re to wear for the day.
Whether the clothes we put are a suit, Dockers or jeans and a corporate button down or T-shirt, we get dressed for the day ahead of us. Preparing to do business how God has outlined us to do it.
We follow this same path as everyone else, but being a Christian, “putting on” something takes on a different perspective because we worry less about the clothes we wear. That’s for the outside of us. We are more concerned about something else.
As a business person and as a Christian, this is the question: what do you put on for the day on the inside?
We need a mindset shift in the Christian community, from being a consumer to a prosumer. The definition of a consumer is: a person who purchases goods and services for personal use.
The definition of a prosumer is: a prospective consumer who is involved in the design, manufacture, or development of a product or service.
We have too long in America have revelled in what we can buy for ourselves, and it IS a blessing what we have, but in reality, purchasing lots of stuff for ourselves does NOT help others in the long run.