Creating something from nothing is the speciality of our Creator. He speaks and things spring into existence! The same can be said of His people.
“God… calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17 KJV)
Made in His image we are uniquely endowed with the gift of endless possibility!
The power to take an invisible thought and form it into something tangible is just one of the fingerprints of divinity displayed through humanity. In case you hadn’t noticed, human beings are amazing. And you are one of them.
The action of faith takes future hopes and dreams, tugs them into the present, and sculpts them into reality. The genius of God at work within us gives evidence to things that were previously unseen.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
In the realm of business, this is known as ‘entrepreneurship’.
Christian artist and entrepreneur, Matt Tommey, points out:
“Truth be told, only about 1% of people are really called to vocational ministry within the local church. The rest of us are called to be in the marketplace, releasing the light and life of the Kingdom every day through our unique creative expression. So whether that’s business or art, family or finance you have the divine opportunity to align yourself today with the purposes of the Kingdom, see God start moving through you like never before and watch as the abundance of our Father overtakes you.”
Michael Holmes digs below the surface of the word, entrepreneur. The word “entrepreneur” is from the Old French word “entreprendre”, which means “undertake.” “Entrepreneur” is also derived from two Latin words: “Entre” meaning to “Swim out.” and “Prendes” to “Grasp or grab hold of.”
So, as entrepreneurs, we undertake, swim out to the unknown to grab hold of unseen opportunities.
Maybe you are still standing on the banks right now, ready to dive. Perhaps you are already in deep waters. Either way, the call to entrepreneurship is a high and holy one.
Deuteronomy 8:18 speaks about how God gives His people the power to get wealth. The verse is also qualified with a statement of intent, “that God might establish His covenant from generation to generation.”
Kingdom business and creativity are far more than just money-making schemes, they are God’s means of establishing His covenant promises in the earth. It seems that our Father believes that money in the right hands is a good thing!
The Amplified Bible unpacks the nature of faith further in its expansion of the original languages. Hebrews 11 is packed with nutrients for aspiring entrepreneurs.
In it we read that “faith perceives as real fact what is not yet revealed to the senses”.
The Faith-preneur sees something as absolutely real, and perceives genuine value, before the fact. The value we bring to the marketplace exists way before it hits the virtual shelves.
Furthermore, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 AMP)
God frames worlds, galaxies, and universes.
Our faith-framing exists on a somewhat less majestic level, but its nevertheless still remarkable.
We frame products, publications, services, ideas and ideologies, revolutionary platforms, endlessly creative inventions.
Faith gives definition to ideas, and brings them into focus. Faith is like the hand that take the raw material and shapes it into value that previously did not exist.
Faith residues in the heart, and its exercise produces seemingly from nothing.
Look around you. All that you see was once no more than an idea, a vision living hidden in someone’s heart.
The entrepreneurial call is one that calls us to venture beyond the world of hopeful ideas, and take risks. Not risks as in gambling, but faith-filled endeavours designed to give definition to the dreams we carry that we believe will benefit other people.
You have hopes that you carry. Maybe it’s a book you are pregnant with? Maybe a new business aimed to aid people with their finances? It could be a screenplay or an online service for struggling families. It could be a revolutionary educational toy, a painting, or a poem.
Whatever the scope, the substance of these ideas will come into view when we exercise faith to make them real.
Skin and heart in the game moves a man from merely existing into the joy of fulfilment, flourishing in their chosen field of favor. Faith also provides the shield that will protect your heart against the resistance you will face when you choose to take the journey.
The life of faithful-preneurship is not a weak or easy option. It is one that requires full focus in one direction over a period of time. Setbacks and bumps in the road, sometimes even mountains, will present themselves mocking your audacious presumption. Failed ventures may even be the stones that pave the way to ultimate success.
But your God is faithful.
Like Abraham, you are “fully persuaded that, what God has promised, he is able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21 KJV)
In our generation, carrying Kingdom purpose, we are encouraged to “imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12 NKJV)
You carry promises, hopes, dreams, and entrepreneurial desires on the inside.
Faith will play a key role in your enterprise, closely coupled with the power twin, patience.
Success takes time. Entrepreneurial success is carried on honest shoulders of character, and character is often built through adversity. This is what patience is so essential.
Taken together, your ability to envision value and then patiently make it tangible, will be life-changing. Allow the Holy Ghost to lead you today toward your God-given goals.