When an emerging business leader wants to grow himself or his business, he turns to proven leaders who have track records of success and are willing to share their secrets. The “hungry for success” emerging business leader frequently submits himself to be disciples, mentored, or, at the very least, instructed by those who may hold the golden chalice of business success, but often deny or ignore the claims of Christ on this world and their lives.
Emerging business leaders need strong discipling and mentoring relationships that pass on the heart of God for this world and not just the secrets of material success. Where are those godly, successful business mentors who will help the up-and-coming attain success in their chosen fields of endeavor, and also show them how to mesh their lives with the overriding purpose of God?
Jesus’ method works! Elijah mentored Elisha, Stalin mentored Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro mentored Hugo Chavez, but those leaders, like all leaders, can only pass on the inheritance of their hearts. Where are the business leaders who carry the heart of God into the marketplace? Where are those who have a heart for providing leadership for mentoring and, dare I say, discipling the emerging business leader to help him step into the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18)?
Godly business leaders need to shift from a focus on personal accomplishment—and even great success in the realm of business done in the name of Jesus—to a more corporate view of accomplishment and success that folds into the master plan of making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). That plan is the heart of God, the Great Commission and the blueprint for the ages. We in the business community are invited to participate in this grand vision. Are we up for it? Let’s disciple!
*Michael Pink is a best-selling author, consultant, business trainer, and coach. He currently heads up the Rainforest Business Institute bringing transformation to cultures through innovative business training. Visit his website at: www.michaelpink.com
Reflection Points: the Character of God in Business & Commerce
- God owns it all (Deuteronomy 10:14; 1 Corinthians 29:11; Psalm 50:10-12; Haggai 2:8)
- God flexed his entrepreneurial muscle in creation (Genesis 1-3)
- God’s “business model” is rooted in fruitfulness and multiplication (Genesis 1-3)
- He is the Landowner (Matthew 21:33-46), the Wise Builder (Matthew 7:24-27), and the Vinedresser (John 15)
- He expects a return on His investment (Matthew 25:14-30)
- He’s the first creator of goods and services that would meet people’s real needs (Genesis 1)
- He positions people to use their gifts and talents both creatively and effectively (i.e. the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50, the book of Nehemiah)
- His central focus is the Kingdom, not money (Matthew 6:24-33)
- He cares about those who work for Him (Ephesians 6:5-9)