God is Not a Shrewd Businessman

God is Not a Shrewd Businessman

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A friend of mine is starting a really unique ministry. He has lots of people telling him he shouldn’t do it if he can’t make it financially profitable. They are telling him it’s not scalable and therefore not worth doing. He’s getting discouraged.

I hear an increasing number of people shouting from the rooftops that ministries should make “business sense”.  I get it. We should be running ministry in a way that is profitable. But I think we get it wrong when we narrow profitability down to dollars and cents. There are bigger things than money at stake.

God isn’t building a multi-national corporation. He’s building his kingdom. He will succeed even if his ways don’t make business sense.

He will call some of us to do things that don’t make financial sense. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them. It comes down to obeying the call he placed in your heart. Build his kingdom by doing what he uniquely calls you to do.

We overwhelm people telling them how they need to make their idea scalable or explode into exponential growth. I’m increasingly convinced there are some things God wants to keep small. There will even be some things he blesses that don’t make money. Often it’s our own ego that wants things “big” for Jesus.

If you’ve got a dream God placed in your heart I think you should pursue it, even if you can’t make lots of money doing it. Find a job that will allow you to do the other thing part time. God might turn it into a full-time gig one day. But don’t worry about that for now. Just start.

Start doing what God placed in your heart. Don’t focus on making it bigger or scalable or even financially profitable to start. Just do what is in front of you and leave the growth part up to God. You’ll figure it out as you go. The important thing is to start.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… Zech 4:10