The 19 Rules of Money Management for Christian Entrepreneurs – Rule 8: Relationships Come Before Aquisition

A Godpreneur's life is about a relationship and learning how to love God and other people in the marketplace.

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I’ve read a lot of rags-to-riches stories of entrepreneurs who started from nothing, to finally making it as millionaires and accomplishing their dreams.

One thing all of them had in common was they didn’t do it on their own. Every story gives credit to someone along the way that mentored them, hired them, showed them, or inspired them.

Too often we look at successful people and were impressed by the cars they drive, the houses they live in, or the number of employees they have. We then think that success is the achievement of the acquisition of these things. We draw a straight and direct line between “stuff” and success.

But the road to success, and the signs of someone who has achieved financial freedom are not through the accumulation of things, it’s through the development of relationships.

This is because in order for us entrepreneurs to achieve the level of financial success we want through our businesses, relationships are necessary. In fact, relationships come before the accumulation of Wealth, so I would say it’s the most important skill set we need to work on.

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But with so many types of relationships, we can be in, which one is the best? Where do I go if nobody around me is suitable to guide me? How do I form the best relationships possible that will help me be the financial steward I’m called to be?

The most important relationship we can have as Godpreneurs is the one with God. And through Christ Jesus, this is the relationship that will teach us how to have the best earthly relationships that will lead to our success.

The bible says

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. (Psalm 17:15 NIV)

Here, the Psalmist is saying that vindication and satisfaction come through us becoming intimately closer with God.

Do you want to get out of debt? Do you want to accumulate wealth for generations to come? Do you want to be truly successful? Relationships must come first, and the first and most important one is the relationship with God.

When we are in a relationship with God, the “stuff” we accumulate become less important as the relationships we seek to form.

The danger of associating Aquisition with success is that in order to be more successful, you must get more stuff for yourself. And since you’ve made that connection, you think others probably think the same way you do, so you naturally acquire more to try to impress more people and so inside we feel more successful.

But Jesus says

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)

Owning a business is not about the things you accumulate, the size of your workforce, or the awards you receive. If you don’t maintain the right perspective, you’ll become obsessed with things and these things will begin to own you.

Your things won’t last. What lasts forever is God, and the relationships with our customers, employees, and the rest of the marketplace we are a light into.

Don’t judge your entrepreneurial success by things you accumulate. Instead, you’ll see the success through the relationships you’ll foster and develop.

It’s why it’s important that you go to networking events, seek out other Godpreneurs, and continually meet with your team and clients. It’s through these relationships that you’ll see the next big opportunity! It’s through a relationship that God wants to bless you abundantly.

A Godpreneur’s life is about a relationship and learning how to love God and other people in the marketplace.

We Godpreneurs need to build our businesses around eternal priorities. We need to focus on what will last forever.

For me, I know if I help someone discover their calling and uncover what they were born to do, I’ve impacted their life forever, and those around them. Therefore, my most important work is being in relationships with more people to help them discover their calling.

More material possessions won’t matter in time. What will matter is the relationships I form. And it’s through the obedience of me loving God and loving others where God will bless my financial goals.

We all need to make the choice that we’ll seek happiness through relationships and not possessions.

Before we Godpreneurs can move toward financial freedom in our businesses, we have to ask ourselves, “What is the primary purpose of my business? To just make more money? What do I talk about, think about, and give my most time to? What am I running my business for?”

Imagine if all of us found our contentment in our relationship with Christ? Could you imagine what God can do THROUGH someone who is content and can think clearly?

Godpreneur Money Rule #8 – Godpreneurs are more focused on fostering relationships rather than accumulating things.

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