The other day my accountant warned me that I was going to owe a lot in taxes this year. It was a good revenue producing year for me. Sales were up, business was doing great! But when the accountant said that, I wasn’t thinking about how awesome of a year I had. Instead, a feeling of anger, resentment, and greed entered into me.
Me and paying taxes have a rocky history. Early in my entrepreneurial career I made some mistakes, didn’t pay my taxes, and ended up owing a bunch to the IRS. I was on a repayment plan for, what seemed like, eternity!
When my accountant said this, I immediately started scheming up ways to not pay the taxes. Then my accountant said these profound words: you should WANT to pay taxes!
See, paying taxes means your company is doing great! The better your company, the more you can contribute to the growth of this awesome country.
That’s a mental shift I’m working on. Instead of plotting on how to work around paying taxes, I needed to focus on trusting that this is God’s plan for the growth of my business.
We all have ways where we are tempted into deceit. Sometimes we have friends propose illegal business opportunities. Other times our clients ask us to do illegal things on the books or in licensing, permits, contracts, etc.
A “Godpertunity” would never come across your desk that asked you to do something illicit. Although Robin Hood might have thought he was doing a good thing, it was illegal and not from God.
Nehimiah shows us his skill to discern a lie, a lie that could have ruined his career.
Nehemiah 6:11-13 says But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.
Being an entrepreneur means you’ll be exposed to many ways you can cut corners and perform illegal activities. Some could lead to a damage of reputation and integrity, some risk relationships, others can lead you to jail.
We are Godpreneurs, our boss is God, and the Spirit would never lead us to deceit. God will provide, always and forever. We don’t have to engage in illegal activities, even if disguised as good. If its illegal, its not of God. We can let our spirit guide us to stop doing anything illegal.