Spiritual cost. Most business men believe that spirituality should be separated from business. This is where they all missed it. Spirituality is key to a thriving business. Because you need to be led by the Holy Spirit to make the right business decisions. Sadly, many people make big decisions in life without hearing from God. Lack of divine directions are the reasons for our poor decisions.
I read a story of a business man who was sold out to the things of God, he was led by God to purchase some land properties which he did, after some period of time, it was discovered that there was gold on the land. He is now swimming in an ocean of supernatural wealth.
Righteousness. The master key to business breakthrough because it opens doors to divine directions. Job was a perfect and upright man who hated evil and love good (God and devil testified), as a result, he had the largest business of his time (Job.1).
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon (Psalm.92:12).
Because. (there is always a “because” for all our breakthroughs to be released). Because Job was a righteous man, the secret of God was upon his tabernacle as he was in the days of his youth (Job.29:4). The scripture also says, the secret of God is with them that fear him (Psalm.25:14).
Intellectual cost. Lack of intellectual property is the reason for our poverty. Knowledge is the master key to sustainable empowerment. Nothing empowers like knowledge (Prayer empowers but cannot empower above knowledge. The prayer you need to pray is that God should show you the materials to study). Knowledge Is the key to freedom. Where knowledge reigns mountain trembles. The truth is that: my people (God’s people) are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea.4:6).
Capacity and character. We live in a society where there is a gross deficiency of capacity. You’re are employable because of two major reasons: 1) capacity 2) character. The two are mutually exclusive. If you have capacity without character, you might get the job but very soon you’d be fired; if you have character without capacity, you may likely not get the job because character alone can’t do the job.
Until you build capacity and character, your chances of getting a sustainable employment are very slim (training up is your way up). Christianity has equipped you with solid character enough, thank God for that but without capacity, character alone will fail.
Physical cost. Many people erroneously believe that it takes money to make a success in business. While money is useful, your energy is needed more than anything else. Serving God guarantees strength, vitality and health which are useful for building a vibrant and thriving business. Money is good for business but without spiritual, intellectual and physical capacities, finance is futile and impotent on its own.
There are many people running businesses with a huge amount of capital but have never read a single book about the business and how to manage their finances or even attend seminars. That is the reason for their business failures not because of lack of funds but poor management of self, time, energy and resources – as a result of intellectual bankruptcy.
Discipline. The subject discipline is very vital in every field of endeavour. It simply means doing what it takes or demands to complete a given task. Not how convenient the task is but by going extra miles to accomplish the task. No matter how small is what you’re doing right now, if you can pay more attention to it, you’d be surprised that God would turn it into something big.
A business man who hanged a TV box on his office wall, watching BBC and Aljazeera instead of focusing on his business will eventually fail due to lack of focus. Same also applies to a business person who is constantly distracted by checking his/her social media outlets notifications and emails at the expense of his primary business.
Brethren, in summary, the three shocking costs of business and career breakthroughs are:
- Spiritual cost: righteousness is the master key to business breakthrough and there is always a ‘because’ for the release of our breakthroughs.
- Intellectual cost: capacity and character are what you need to be gainfully employed and have a successful career.
- Physical cost: discipline is needed to thrive in our business and career.