At the time of writing this post, I’m not rich. I’m not wealthy. I still haven’t made my first million dollars in 1 calendar year.
But I want to…badly!
Wait… All the signs are telling me that having more money brings more problems. The Bible warns me of the love of money. The wealthy call money a curse. The movies I watch of the rich and famous always end up in depression and suicide.
Why the heck, then, would I want more money??!!
Why do we Godpreneurs think that having more money will satisfy us more? Why do we consider the more revenue our business generates, the happier we’ll get? Why do we feel the more profits we have, the more peace we will have and the simpler our business life will become?
Although I haven’t made millions, I’ve had times in my business where money was abundant. I remember that with more money, I hired more people, worked with more vendors, and took more risks.
The truth is that an increase in money in my business actually increased stress, not satisfaction!
The bible says:
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep. (Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 ESV)
The most successful business owners you know will all concur – After you meet your basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, paying rent, car, etc.) are met, more money and more stuff only bring more stress.
As a Christian and an entrepreneur, you know this deep down inside, but for some reason, you don’t act on it.
You chase after more contracts, bigger deals, a cooler office space, a big TV for the break room, and other material possessions. You think these things will bring satisfaction like they will prove your business success.
Listen Godpreneurs: the marketplace will pressure us to buy more, hire more, and grow bigger every day. And let’s be honest, our flesh LOVES the fix these riches temporarily bring…and the enemy loves this money-high too! The enemy wants nothing more than to distract us from the entire point of entrepreneurship and the reason God’s even entrusting us with businesses – to serve others while doing what we’re born to do.
Only Jesus will truly satisfy. It’s not that we need more money to justify our success, it’s that we need more Jesus to satisfy our hearts.
Imagine if all of us Godpreneurs acted according to this truth! Jesus gives us the strength actually to live out of this truth. We Godpreneurs will accomplish our visions through Christ who strengthens us.
Godpreneur Rule: Godpreneurs align our business lives to the truth that money doesn’t satisfy us, knowing more of Christ does!
Father, be my strength so I will apply this truth in all the business decisions I make moving forward.