Updated: Dec 28, 2020
My favorite question to ask my clients looking for branding is:
If you could do any job or start any business you wanted to do, you had unlimited time to get further training, unlimited money, and you could not fail, what would you do?
According to research, the Barna Group reported in one survey that 75 percent of U.S. adults say they are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Only 40 percent of practicing Christians surveyed said they have a clear sense of God’s calling on their lives.
I see this every day in my office too, these exact numbers. It’s encouraging to me because it fires me up, even more, to help others find their calling (which happens to be my calling). It’s also cool because I’m witness to a quest for meaning that I see many entrepreneurs going through right now.
We all want meaning and significance, it’s just not that easy to uncover on our own. We often feel lost in our businesses, unsure of what God desires for our next move and how we can impact his kingdom through the marketplace.
How can we know what God is calling us to do in our business?
Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a fruitless quest. We can find our calling in Entrepreneurship and lead meaningful businesses.
The bible says
"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work". 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV
The calling God places on your business reveals itself through prayer, reflection, and trusted input from friends and relatives.
1. Remember that we are called to be good stewards of our gifts.
The Fall can blind us to the very nature of the gifts we have been given, but it is our job to discern our gifts and use them to God’s glory. We need the Spirit’s help and the help of others to gain clarity on how to best use the gifts God has given us.
2. God has made people for every position in the body of Christ.
He has also made people for every position on the entrepreneurial flowchart. Some people – relatively few – are made to be CEOs. Some are best as freelancers. Others love to be in business partnerships. Some are made to be inventors. Others love running a small boutique. Remember, you are uniquely made with talents that God specifically entrusted to you.
3. Pay attention to your business history.
When discerning your calling, it is helpful to give a thoughtful examination of your business. Note what you have enjoyed doing and feel like you have done well. List at least three illustrations in each period of your life: grade school, junior high, high school, college, post-college. Or do the same exercise but with the last jobs or businesses you had. Then share the details of what you enjoyed with a Godpreneur. Note the following:
Any recurring subject matter.
What place you play on a team.
What kinds of challenges trigger your motivations.
How and why you are motivated to learn.
What primary gifts you use, and what are the ends and purpose towards which you drive.
Paying attention to the way God has created you and finding a wise Christian entrepreneur willing to listen will reap dividends throughout your life as you seek to discover and pursue your calling.
Need to meet other Godpreneurs uncovering their calling too? Visit community.dailygodpreneur.com and join the conversation there.
Godpreneurs spend time praying for God to reveal his calling in our life.