If we are Christians in the business world, or even in the world of giving, it’s important to remind ourselves that our work must not be the basis for our identity.
Our identity must be located only in who we are in Jesus Christ. The same is true with our generosity. It flows not from wealth we make but from an abundant God who supplies all things for us to enjoy and share.
So, as you head to work today, remember to do this: base your identity and your generosity not in your work but in Jesus Christ alone. Then, like Paul shared in his farewell to the Ephesian elders, by his grace our Lord will “build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Here is the struggle, as Henry Kaestner of Sovereign’s Capital and Faith Driven Entrepreneur explains it in his essay, What Does it Mean to Be a Christian Entrepreneur:
Successful entrepreneurs who just happen to be Christians (entrepreneur Christians) are often praised, celebrated, and asked to serve on ministry boards, either because of their business prowess or their deep pockets and ability to give funding. These people are sought after as mentors to the next generation. Unfortunately, the “entrepreneur Christian’s” values are passed down through the gene pool of the church.
What is far better, of course, is to find great Christians who just happen to be entrepreneurs – then, and only then, can we really get somewhere. I see this pattern of equating business success with Christian character frequently unfold among the folks that I know in Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, Silicon Prairie or Silicon Anywhere.
Why am I on my soapbox about this? In my organization, we meet hundreds of Christian entrepreneurs who struggle with anxiety. Why? It relates to identity. They think of themselves as entrepreneurs first and Christians second. They’d never admit this out loud, but that’s how they operate. They’ve bought the world’s narrative, and here’s how it goes: Society gives them kudos for being the next big thing who’s growing a company at 20 percent each month, or who just secured a $15 million investment, or just inked a deal with Google. They hear this message from their friends, their parents, their investors. They believe it…Continue Reading…@ https://www.ncfgiving.com
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