Faith and Corresponding Action in Business
I rarely meet a Kingdom driven entrepreneur who is not an action taker. It’s the nature of a business owner to work hard to see a vision come to fruition and grow in both profitability and impact.
Here is the problem.
Taking action and taking faith-filled, God-inspired action are two different things.
I am all too familiar with this from my own journey. Years ago when I left a thriving corporate career in obedience to God to become a full-time entrepreneur, I immediately entered what I like to call my six-months of faithless action. Here is what faithless action in business looks like:
#1: Relying on your own wisdom and your own strength, working as hard as you can to make things happen in your business.
#2: Failing to seek God concerning His heart, thoughts, and plans for your business and simply submitting your own plans and asking Him to bless them. This accompanies the behavior of #1 above.
#3: Chasing after every new idea to make money any way you can. Looking to see what others have done and modeling your business activities based on what you see.
#4: Ignoring the Holy Spirit’s nudges to take action in an area that is uncomfortable or unfamiliar to you, and instead taking action based off of what is convenient and within your comfort zone.
I distinctly remember the day when I heard God say to me “Are you done yet?” That was the beginning of my adventure to be led by Him in my business.
Faith and corresponding action must work together in your life as a Kingdom driven entrepreneur. Seek God concerning your business plans, take steps in faith towards what He places on your heart (no matter how intimidating it may feel), and be willing to pivot when you receive a course correction. It’s through your willingness to take action that your faith remains active and effective.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.James 2:17
Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?James 2:21-25