Xiamen, Fujian Province
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31 October 2015
As I was listening to a sermon delivered by David Demian to the Hatfield Christian Church in Pretoria, on the 11th of October 2015, I began having a strong sense of God impressing a message on my heart, and I believe the message is this:
God is speaking in these days to entrepreneurs. Who are entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs are people who have been designed by God, and purposed by God, to be living in the time that they are living, with the insights and the ability to generate ideas, and the ability to understand their world in a way, that they are able to connect people, needs and resources so as to allows those people to be employed, and multiply those resources, so that they can meet the needs of their societies. In return for this, entrepreneurs are often well rewarded by society, because they create value, where previously there was no value. They create abundance where previously there was scarcity. They create a fulfilment of needs that people previously could not fulfil.
Sometimes they even discover and expose needs that people had not realized they had, until these are revealed to them. In this process they help people to discover potential – potential needs, and the potential to fulfil those needs – and so to become more and more fully the people that God had designed for them to be, and so they build societies and communities that are more and more the societies and communites that God intended for us to be.
I believe in these days God is busy speaking to many entrepreneurs in the church, and challenging them to set up Godly workplaces. Godly workplaces are places where God is freely acknowledged and followed as the ultimate entrepreneur.
Do not be mistaken to think that Godly workplaces are places where bosses are expected to overlook slackers. God says that those who do not work should not eat, and that he who has been stealing, should work, so that he can have abundance to give to others in need. Slackers in the workplace are rewarded for work they are not doing – this is theft, and they can expect discipline in a Godly workplace as much as anywhere else.
Godly workplaces are businesses that are run according to principles of sound economics and management, that succeed, and that create opportunities for people to bring their designs and their gifts to live out their purpose. Entrepreneurs are the people who have the ability to see and create the connection between what people can offer, what resources are available, and the needs of their societies. For entrepreneurs to succeed, they need the people to fill their organizations. They need the people to bring the giftings – talents and interests – that God has designed into them, and to develop those to their full potential. It is when Entrepreneurs and employees are brought together, that economic progress happens.
But when this coming together happens under God’s guidance, with God’s blessing, and with the unity that comes from brothers and sisters sharing in the same ultimate purpose – in building companies that seek to be God’s hands and feet to bring to answer the prayer, “Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”, then we can expect God to come alongside – and then we will see not only economic progress but spiritual and economic miracles.
As God is calling entrepreneurs in this day, He is beginning to speak to more and more people in the church, and giving them a hunger to work in a place where He is honoured. They are searching to not only be in a church where they see God honoured once a week, and then having to live like outcasts in a world that has no time for God, but to be part of a move of God where entire organisations are actively driving forward the Kingdom of God, as they also drive forward economic, emotional, mental, and spiritual development and wellness, leaving in their wake lives that are healed, and changed, and set on the paths to their Godly purpose of living from glory to glory.
At the same time I believe God is speaking to seasoned entrepreneurs who have succeeded, who have received the financial reward for the risks they were will to take, and for the endless efforts they were willing to pour into the businesses they love. I believe God is beginning to speak to many of these who have reserves to their avail, and urging them to find opportunities for investment that will give returns more than only financial. He is not calling them to pour their money into black holes. He is challenging them to invest in the entrepreneurs who are putting together business ideas. He is challenging them to invest in their ideas, to invest both money, advice, and mentorship into making these ideas come true, and so to initiate an engine that will not only bring financial returns, but also bring the returns of workplaces where people find emotional, mental, and spiritual healing, and once they become whole, they will also find the challenges to discover and develop to their fullest potential – that “His Kingdom will come, and His will be done, on Earth as in Heaven” in the lives of these individuals – in the lives of employees, and in the lives of the societies and communities that these businesses will serve.
At the same time God is speaking to yet others, who are employees in companies where He seems mostly absent, but He has made these people strong, and He is encouraging them to just stay where they are, and just be His hands and His feet. He is challenging them in the positions they are, to allow Him to work through them, and be the salt to those workplaces. Through these people, He will once again bring waves of salvation as He has done with every revival we have known in the past. At the right time, He will prompt these people to speak. Sometimes those words will just be seeds, but sometimes those words will also be bringing in the harvest. Sometimes those words will be like salt on a wound that will seem to hurt, but later will bring healing. Sometimes those words will be like ointment that soothes and softens the hurt and the pain that is in our workplaces. But through it all, He will be bringing His healing and His wellness and abundance into these workplaces.
As the workplace revival is gaining momentum, God is speaking to entrepreneurs, calling them to make their plans, and to begin to put them into place. God is speaking to people whom He has designed with specific giftings, to come alongside the entrepreneurs, together to build workplaces that are driven by His purposes. He is speaking to investors, to find these entrepreneurs and fund them. He is speaking to yet others, to be where they are, to stand their ground, and to be His hands and Feet in workplaces all around the world.
God is speaking to you. Listen. Respond. Let God use you to move like you have never seen before.
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Xiamen, Fujian Province