If you’re like millions of the rest of us, you’ve thought about it. “What would it be like to have my own business, to be able to work from home? I could make a great living while having more time for my family, for ministry, and to use the gifts that God has given me.” You can imagine the simple conveniences and tremendous advantages of working from home…doesn’t it sound great?
I hate to pop into that dream bubble of yours, but let’s get back to reality. Starting and running a profitable home business is not for the faint of heart. It takes vision, planning, persistence, faith, and sacrifice.
Most of all, it takes the conviction that God has called you to a special opportunity that He has prepared for you (and prepared you for it), for the purpose of His glory, the furthering of His kingdom, and the strengthening of your faith walk.
We could talk about all kinds of specific details and decisions needed in having a home business, and they are important. However, we’re going to focus today on the bigger issue, which is the scriptural foundation of how God may want to use you as a Christian Entrepreneur with what He’s given you.
Let’s see what God’s Word has to say. Ask yourself some honest questions:
Is a home business my will or God’s will?
Our goal in any decision is to do God’s will and to bring Him glory and not ourselves.
II Corinthians 5:9 Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Am I willing to be fully responsible for all aspects of my business?
We are to be faithful stewards of everything God has given us. When we are faithful with little, He can put us in charge of more and we will have the joy of growing in the Lord.
Matthew 25:20-21 “And the one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me ; see, I have gained five more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.’
Am I focused on serving others or getting rich?
All money is God’s and is only a means to an end, and not the end itself. We are not to set our hearts on things of this earth. Of course, God provides for our needs with His bountiful goodness and gives us all things to enjoy. Financial abundance is often achieved by self-employed entrepreneurs, and allows us to be bigger givers, bigger encouragers, and bigger partakers in adventuring with the Lord! .
Haggai 2:8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce.
Am I willing to take chances and calculated risks?
The Lord has promised to direct our path when our ways are committed to Him. We don’t need to know everything in order to get started!
Proverbs 16: 3, 9 Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
Am I willing to trust God when things get tough?
When we are in His will, there is no fear, there is no doubt. What God calls us to do, He will strengthen us and equip us to carry out.
I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
I encourage you to pray for God’s direction if you are considering a home business. God wants your heart and mind submitted to Him, first of all. He may have an adventure prepared for you that is beyond anything you can know right now! Begin seeking His specific will and see what He reveals.