The term “Kingdom Business” is starting to be thrown around a lot, but how many of us really know what that means? I’ve asked this question to dozens of Christian business professionals recently, and I usually get a blank stare. If I get a response, the answers I receive sound something along the line of “a business that honors God,” “business done with character and integrity,” “honest.”
These are nice answers, but as Christians shouldn’t all of that be expected? In fact, I would propose that those characteristics are the bare minimum of how a Kingdom Business should be.
A Kingdom Business should have a deeper definition. Here is my view of what that entails.
Defining Kingdom Business:
A business that makes Kingdom Impact through influencing change within the community it serves, the people it touches, the industry it is involved in, while bringing transformation to the land.”
Each Kingdom Business will have various areas of impact that will be determined by God’s purpose for that particular business.
So, let me further define what a Kingdom Business is by laying out some characteristics of how it should operate. A kingdom business:
1. Understands God’s Purpose
A Kingdom Business is motivated by God’s purpose, not purely its own. After all, everything in the heavens and earth is His (Chronicles 29:11), so that would include the business. Therefore, each business owner needs to ask the Lord, “What is the purpose for this business? How much and how big is this business supposed to get, and for what reason?”
An example of purpose would be:
to create a successful manufacturing business model that can be replicated in third-world countries and that would provide jobs and improve the standard of living through the products that are created in the business.”
2. Is Innovative and Creative
As sons and daughters of the Creator, we should have the most innovative and creative businesses around. Deuteronomy 28:13 confirms this:
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”
That would mean that our businesses should be the industry leader—one that others want to copy, not the other way around.
3. Is Marked by Excellence
The expectation for a Kingdom Business is that everything is done well. Word of mouth should be off the charts about your business because customers are so happy with the products and service you give them.
Unfortunately, many non-Christians don’t want to do business with Christians because they have a bad reputation of giving bad service. Now that is a sad reflection of who God is.
This should not be the case. Ecclesiastes 9:10 challenges,
“Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might…”
Be excellent and give God a good name!
4. Acts as a Good Steward
God has given you this business to steward, so it’s important to understand what that means. Most people’s definition of stewardship is “managing other people’s stuff.”
While that is true, you need to take the definition a little further in that it is about multiplication.
In Genesis 1:28, God says, “Be fruitful and multiply.” He wasn’t just talking about having big families, but He expected that garden to deliver abundant resources.
In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, the master was only upset at the servant who did not multiply the talents that were given him, but he rewarded the two who did.
When it comes to managing resources, God’s expectation is to always profit (multiply). He does not tolerate the status quo.
You might be saying to yourself, “I do want to multiply, but I need some type of breakthrough.” Well, just like the master in the parable of the talent, the Lord has already given you the resources you need (Matthew 25:15).
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.” – Matt. 25:15
It is up to you to identify how to multiply them. Even if it is just by a little bit, once you’ve multiplied what you have, God will give you more.
Get Ready for Part 2
In the next blog, I will finish sharing the characteristics of a Kingdom Business to round out this important definition so that you can start to create Kingdom Impact through your 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.