Embracing the Adventure of Doing Business With God

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For decades, leaders of the faith and work movement have encouraged and equipped followers of Christ to integrate their faith into their work lives and see their work as significant to God’s purposes for the world. A significant number of Christians in business have the hearts and mindsets to no longer separate their work lives from their spiritual lives. They are committed to doing business “as unto the Lord,” as the apostle Paul encourages in Colossians 3:23.

However, the invitation that lies before every business leader is greater than many realize — it’s an invitation to not only do business for the glory of God, but to do business with the presence of God and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Embracing this perspective changes everything and propels you into an adventure that will ultimately unlock God’s best for you and your sphere of influence in the marketplace.

Shae Bynes, co-founder of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur and author of Grace Over Grind: How Grace Will Take Your Business Where Grinding Can’t, shares candidly from her own life about the tension and beauty of taking risks as we grow in intimacy with God and explore the fullness of His heart for our lives and businesses.

Listen to this episode of The Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur podcast to hear how encountering God and accepting the invitation to do business with Him changed everything for Shae, and led to a global movement that is inspiring hundreds of thousands to do the same.

Shae Bynes is a passionate storyteller, mentor, and strategist who equips leaders to be catalysts for transformation in the marketplace. Known as “Chief Fire Igniter,” Shae co-founded the Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur movement in 2012, and her teaching and mentoring provide inspiration and practical strategies for doing business in partnership with God for greater kingdom influence and impact. Whether she is sharing on platforms publicly or consulting privately, you can expect Shae to deliver an abundance of truth with love, grace and contagious joy. Learn more at KingdomDrivenEntrepreneur.com.

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May God Keep Us from Being Like Thinkers

Reflections on Ecclesiastes

Great minds don’t think alike. Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t paint the “Mona Lisa” by working like his predecessors; he made the uncommon move of focusing on her eyes and hands. Albert Einstein didn’t figure out the speed of light by focusing on the problems his peers were solving. Walt Whitman didn’t come up with his poetry style by working with the same forms as his contemporaries. And Henry Ford didn’t take his car to market by coming up with the best one; he made his mass-producible.

Anyone who has achieved greatness has thought for themselves. That includes the prophets, the authors of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, the apostles, and Jesus.

This is why I often say, “May God keep us from being like thinkers.” To keep from being like thinkers, we need to restrain ourselves from hearing only one part or voice of the Bible. We need to be influenced by great ideas.

Yet, new ideas aren’t exactly new. They’re a repackaging or combination of old, and sometimes ancient, thoughts: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Can one say about anything, ‘Look, this is new’? It has already existed in the ages before us” (Eccl 1:9–10 HCSB).

The very idea of an “ideas issue” isn’t new. For over 150 years, The Atlantic’s editors have raised their glasses to ideas that could change America and the world. The world of Bible study—and the church—needs ideas. There aren’t novel ideas for approaching the Bible anymore; just good, old ones presented in smart ways. We have chosen these nine ideas because we think they have the most potential to help people become interested in the Bible again.

We want to see Bible study front and center in the church and the world. We believe that the Bible will do the rest of the work—both by bringing the good news of Jesus as our savior, and by changing those, via the work of the Spirit, who have accepted the gospel. These ideas will help us all make that idea a reality.

JOHN BARRY
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN BIBLE STUDY MAGAZINE MAY–JUNE ‘11
BIBLICAL REFERENCES FROM HCSB