I love a good business partnership. When I can partner with someone really good in an area I’m weak at, amazing things happen. Each of us stays in our zone of genius, complementing each other so we can move the business forward.
There have been some businesses that I refuse to go into without first securing a business partner. Strategically, I know I could move an idea along better if I had someone to joint venture with because they have a strategic advantage in an area I may not.
This is also how I feel about my partnership with God on my entrepreneurial journey. Knowing what I know today about God’s power in every area of my business, there’s no way I would ever start a business without partnering with God.
The biggest reason I partner with God is that I have so many areas of weaknesses, both personally and professionally, that having a relationship with God helps me to balance it out.
Without God as my partner; I probably would have quit entrepreneurship a long time ago.
We all have shortcomings in our personal and business lives. Our weakness can show up in the area of finance, sales, relationships etc. We’re not 100% perfect in every area.
The danger that happens is that if we focus on our shortcomings, we can convince ourselves not to launch a certain venture or campaign simply because we don’t feel qualified to do it.
Our shortcomings can kill our calling.
However, God wants to partner with us and has called each of us and set us apart to bring something to life. The fact that we have shortcomings is ON PURPOSE! Why? By design, God set it up so that we rely on Him for the areas in business we are weak in.
What defects, deficiencies, or drawbacks are preventing you from moving forward in your calling?
God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called.
Most of us are familiar with the famous Bible verse “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
But it’s what Jeremiah responds to God that is often forgotten.
Jeremiah says, “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” (1:6)
What we see here is Jeremiah receiving the calling from God, yet focusing on his shortcomings and giving excuses and convincing himself that he’s not qualified.
However, the verse continues.
“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord .
(Jeremiah 1:7-8 NIV)
Jeremiah was called and set apart by God, but He didn’t intend to leave Jeremiah there. No. God needed Jeremiah to be His physical representation on earth, while God would continue to do the heavy lifting from above.
Your calling from God means He’s inviting you to co-labor with Him in the business He designed you correctly to start. Notice that He’s called us to PARTNERSHIP with Him, not for you to do it alone.
Imperfect as you are, you are designed to do God’s will in your marketplace. You’re invited to partner with God to bring products and services He needs in our industries. Imagine that you were born with an instruction manual that said: “I created this entrepreneur of mine to (fill in the blank).”
You were appointed. You were assigned. And you are being backed-up by the world’s greatest investor and the top business mentor with all the resources in the world.
That being said, God knows your shortcomings and has already brought about the people and resources to make up for it.
So what’s on your list of excuses for not pursuing your calling?
The business God created us to start isn’t about our abilities as entrepreneurs, but God’s ability. When God appoints us to start a certain business or to launch a specific marketing campaign, He also empowers us to run it all.
God is faithful and will provide us Godpreneurs all that we need. He will work through us—weaknesses and all. It’s our weaknesses in business that help us to see God working in our businesses.
Imagine if we all took a new view of our failings, faults, and flaws in business, knowing that the power of Christ is all we need for the Godpreneurial journey. His power will empower us to be in our calling.
Choose to embrace in the fact that Christ in you is more than enough to thrive in your calling…the dream that He put in your heart.
Embrace your weaknesses in the business. Surrender your shortages; they can’t hold the calling God has on you and your business life.
God has made you able; he has set you apart for His glory. No more excuses. You have all you need to do everything God has called you to do in business.