“Is your business a ministry or is it a job?” Have you ever thought about that.
The Key - Has everything to do with your perception and understanding of “working for the Lord”.
Let’s begin this blog with a bunch of definitions, just to get started.
Definition of Ministry, is the work or vocation of a minister of religion. Also in some countries a government department headed by a minister of States.
Ministry actually comes from a root word that means “to serve”, an activity of a servant, duty, task.
Definition of Business – the practice of making one’s living by engaging in commerce; a person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade; line of work; buying or selling; is an organization where people work together to make and sell products or services
The Question: Is your business a place of serving or is your ministry a place of serving? Can you work and serve at the same time?
Didn’t Jesus come “to serve”? Didn’t the apostles and disciples “serve”? When you look throughout the Bible you find the apostles working as fishermen and some making tents. Just because they did that, didn’t make them less or more of an apostle. They worked and served the Lord at the same time. For example, Paul in Acts 18:1-3 and 20:33-35 we find that he was a tentmaker and shared the Gospel with Aquila and Priscilla who were in the same line of work as he. In Philippians 4:14-16, he talked about receiving gifts but it was for their credit. Therefore one can imply that when you work, it’s also to be given to help others, which is also serving.
21 days of scripture to pray over your business/ministry, intentionally and daily, and disciplines to keep it going.
Ministry is an activity. Rather you get an income from it or not, it’s what you are called to do. Therefore, select what you do wisely. Some work are a stepping stone to your forever business but regardless you are to minister to all those God’s placing in your path, as He leads.
Believers, we are tasked to spread the gospel and share our faith. That is the service we are called to do in the unique way that God’s called us to do it.
Saint, that’s not a task we do alone. Remember you, I, are one person in the body of Christ. Therefore, there is unity in numbers. That’s not a cliché.
There is no job or business more spiritual than another. When you follow Christ, you work, rather to get an income or not, YOU ARE IN MINISTRY!
Colossians 3:23 – 25 (ESV) says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast Releases for Encouragement:
Book Support for praying for your business/ministry and yourself:
The Prayer Powered Entrepreneur: 31 Days to Building Your Business with Less Stress and More by Kim Avery
50 Days of Praying God's Promises by CJ Hitz and Shelley Hitz
31 Days of Silence: A Journal for Developing the Discipline of Listening by Lyvita Brooks
Consider the Birds: Reflections to Make You Soar by Jewell Utt
As an entrepreneur, I've found that setting a time for praying for my ministry and business has changed the course of it's success. For me they are two in one. My prayer is that you use this material to grow as a believer allowing God to be your CEO.
Lyvita Brooks is on a mission to help belieers focus on developing disciplines that allow them to fulfill God’s call on their lives. You can connect with her on Pinterest, Instagram @hangingoutwithjesuspodcast and Goodreads.com @lyvitabrooks.com
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