Do Jesus Led Businesses Mess Up?by David Ferguson
Some may wonder if being a Jesus Led Business means the business is by nature more successful, lucky, or are innately more trustworthy, honest, and ethical than businesses that do not have a Jesus Led presence in leadership. While I would hope the answer would be “maybe” the correct answer has to be “absolutely not!”
The thing to remember is that all Jesus Led Businesses have one thing in common… they are all owned, operated, and managed by humans. And one thing that is guaranteed is that humans are going to make mistakes and sometimes really BIG mistakes. Romans 3:23 says it best, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I don’t think you’ll have to search Google long to find some horrible things either committed in the name of God, or committed by a person who is a believer in God, to understand the truth of Romans 3:23.
In my opinion, the evidence of being a Jesus Led Business will be shown by the deeds and results of the owner’s actions. It’s easy to say that you believe in Jesus, but as it says in James 2:14, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?”
When you believe in something, you act accordingly, plain and simple. But that doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes. Those mistakes can be honest mistakes or dishonest ones. The fact is a lot of Jesus Led people also carry the mantle of ‘failed entrepreneur’ next to their name. Some are even carrying the title of ‘16 to life’ and sitting in prison right now. But that is a failing of man, not of God.
The great thing about being a Jesus Led Business, and really just living a Jesus Led life, is that we have a role model in Jesus Christ. We can focus on Jesus and strive to be like Him. In fact, I would say it’s the driving force of any Christian to grow, learn, improve and be more Christ-like. And, knowing that we have a Father who loves us, and will not forsake us, gives us a glimmer of hope and faith. Knowing that even when we hit rock bottom, due to our own mistakes, we can get back up stronger than before, and be successful because of His grace and mercy. Making a mistake can make the road to success a lot harder and the world may not forgive…but God forgives. You’ll find numerous stories in the Bible where He uses the downtrodden and the worst of us to do the biggest things for His plan.
So, being a Jesus Led Business is not about being holier-than-thou or trying to establish yourself as a “moral authority.” Being a Jesus Led Business is about realizing Jesus is the most important thing in your life…more important than your business. Being a Jesus Led Business is declaring that “I’m going to run and lead my business walking a path closer to Jesus the same way I live my life!”
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Thanks for reading and God Bless.