In my previous blog post I started to unpack some of the characteristics of a Kingdom Business:
one that is led by God’s purpose, is the most innovative and creative, does things with excellence and is a good steward (one that multiplies God’s resources).”
I ended Part 1 by discussing God’s expectation for us to create a profit if we’re going to be in business. In fact, in all walks of life He expects us to be productive.
Defining A Kingdom Business
Let me finish the description of what a Kingdom Business looks like with these last four characteristics.
A kingdom business…
Since you can’t give what you don’t have, generating a profit is essential so that out of your abundance you will be able to give abundantly. That way, your 10% giving can grow from $100/month to $100,000/month due to your great stewardship of God’s business.
I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak… ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” – Acts 20:35
Even though we all know that money itself is not evil but rather the love of it (1 Timothy 6:10), we Christians still seem to be apologetic about making a profit. We are usually quick to say, “It’s not about the money.” You’d be correct in saying that, but because we don’t want to appear greedy, we tend to almost sabotage our ability to make a profit.
Profit is not the goal, but it is an expectation so that out of our abundance, we can help others.
God gives you permission to make a profit!
6. SaveS and ReinvestS
This is an area that the majority of businesses don’t do well. Because they haven’t positioned their business to be able to generate a sufficient profit, they are not able to reinvest into their business to innovate and keep up with market changes.
When businesses are not able to reinvest into themselves, they ultimately become irrelevant and close. That is why the vast majority of businesses do not survive past the first generation.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 2-, 5- and 15-year failure rate is 30%, 50% and 67% respectively.
So, by starting at day one of minimizing expenses and maximizing revenue, you’ll be able to generate profits to give and reinvest into your business. This will allow you to improve your products and services, keeping you ahead of the competition and increase demand.
… take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.” – Genesis 41:34
7. LeaveS an inheritance
Whether or not you have kids who can ultimately take over the business, you should always build it as though that were the case.
Most children of family business don’t want to take over their parents’ business because they don’t see it as a business worth taking over. But if you build it with the characteristics of a Kingdom Business, they will almost want to fight for it.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” – Proverbs 13:22
Inheritance doesn’t have to be the money you leave your kids; it can be the business itself. That is a gift that will keep on giving.
The bigger picture, though, is that God is giving you this business for His purpose. Whatever that purpose is, it may not come to fulfillment in your lifetime.
Think of Moses and Joshua, David and Solomon. All were created for a divine purpose, but it was the second generation that saw much of its fulfillment.
So, you’re not just creating a business—you’re building a legacy.
8. Shows Him and BuildS Influence
We are made in God’s image, so everything we do is a reflection of Him. I think we would all agree that we want to make our Father look good.
If you build a business with all of the Kingdom Business characteristics outlined over these last two blogs, not only will your business be highly successful but it will open doors of opportunity that very few will have the opportunity to walk through.
… can we find anyone like this man, in whom is the spirit of God?” – Genesis 41:38
Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace not only because he interpreted a prophetic dream but because of his ability to create strategy to address the coming years of famine.
Pharaoh recognized that Joseph’s gift was from the Lord and put him in a position that changed the course of a nation.
So, what’s next? Start by asking the Lord, “How have You prepared me for this season?” and what is the purpose for your business.
Next, ask for strategy and get good counsel around you (Proverbs 15:22).
Do this and I’m confident that you will find your purpose and take an important step toward building a Kingdom Business!
Robert Fukui serves as a deacon for HRock Church and a marketing industry professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and has spent the last 20 years in sales and marketing for corporations such as Coca-Cola, Novartis Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He is the founder of High Point Marketing, the director of Wagner Leadership Institute-Marketplace and the current president of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.