Updated: Dec 14, 2020
From the first day I launched my business in 2005, I wasn’t afraid of taking risks. I left a well-paying job to pursue the dream of working for myself. And as the company grew, I continued to invest money into new ideas and ventures to further the expansion of the company.
Launching businesses has become a way of life for me. It’s why I speak about it a lot in my writings.
The dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks to do so.”
The words “taking on a greater than normal financial risk” stands out to me the most here.
As I study the Bible to uncover as much as I can about the stories and how they relate to entrepreneurship, I can’t help but see that Jesus also sought for his disciples to take risks if they were going to be involved in his Kingdom work.
I’ve written extensively on all types of training for business, but the one I focus on the most is how Jesus calls a chosen group of us to be Godpreneurs and experience His supernatural power through business ownership. This begins by taking the first step of accepting the call to launch what we were born to do.
Jesus took the first step by launching his ministry; THEN, he called his disciples to follow him so they could eventually do the same.
We Godpreneurs have been invited on a journey to follow Jesus’s same footsteps of stepping out into unchartered territory, in faith, to do what God created us to do.
No story of the Bible better illustrates this calling into the unknown like the story of Peter trying to walk on water. We’re not surprised that Jesus walks on water, but we’re drawn to Peter’s boldness of stepping into the unknown.
And although Peter begins to sink in the water after the winds and waves overcome his mindset, we entrepreneurs should be encouraged and challenged by this.
In my book, A Godpreneur’s Guide to Preparing to Launch Your Business, I want to parallel our calling as Godpreneurs to join Jesus in the miracles and wonders that await for us to experience as business owners in the Kingdom of God.
But before Jesus asked Peter to step out of the boat and walk on water, the disciples had just finished experiencing the miracle of feeding 5000 people with only a few fish and loaves of bread.
This is significant because, although Jesus was the source of the miracle, it was the disciples that passed out the bottomless baskets of food. Jesus worked THROUGH the disciples to show the miracle.