“This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—” II Thessalonians 1:5 ESV
During this global pandemic, we have seen a valuable increase in the amount of businesses being created some in person, but many online. Perhaps you’re reading this because you are someone who has already started your business and are looking to get ahead. Maybe you’re interested in starting a successful business but you don’t know where to begin. Regardless of what side of the spectrum you fall on, I have some advice for you: Make it happen!
God has given many of us visions and dreams about things we would or could accomplish in the Earth. No matter how big or small, one thing remains true and that is, we have to step out on faith to see it come to pass. In order to be worthy of the call that God has placed on our life, we must understand our identity in Him in order to understand the call and begin walking in it.
Have you ever read the scripture that says “Faith without works is dead? (See James 2:17) This verse alone places a major responsibility on us to make things happen for our business, ministry, family and personal goals. If we do not put our actions behind our faith then the vision will die with us rather than live on and continue to bless others for generations to come.
Here are 4 ways to become worthy of the call:
Commit to God: Before you can become a boss, you must first understand that God is first in command. Although He has given you a vision and a hunger to succeed, the vision was His before it ever became yours. God is not surprised by the plans that you have for your life because He planted them in you. Before you run rapid creating all sorts of plans, take a moment to acknowledge Him and rededicate them back to God. Proverbs 3:5-7 tells us to trust the Lord and acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways. Sometimes we think we know exactly what we want to do, but He has other, more successful, less stressful plans that will work for us. Without seeking His guidance we may wind up making unnecessary mistakes. Psalms 37:5 encourages us to commit our ways to the Lord AND trust him so that He will bring it to pass. Understand that at every point in your process, you are going to need God!
Commit to You: Writing things down helps us to develop a clear view on where we are and where we’re going. The path to success looks very different for many people. Is it just a means to an end or is it something that you want to outlive you? Are your dreams big enough for global exposure or will you be content if your local community gets behind you? Alexander Hamilton once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Allowing yourself to make a vow to yourself in the beginning of your process is important. Very similar to an affirmation, a vow or commitment helps you decide how much you’re willing to put into your work. Commit to yourself and decide whether or not this is something you really want to do.
Write The Vision: After you have placed your plans in God’s hands and decided that you really want to build, you must decide on a list of action steps that will start you on the path to where you need to go. Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” and this is true for many reasons. Planning helps to maintain focus, it’s a useful tool to reference and see how far you’ve come and how much further you have to go and God appreciates when we take His plans seriously. The Bible tells us in Habakkuk 2:2 that the Lord HIMSELF said to “Write the vision And make it plain.” As structured and precise as our Heavenly Father is, it would behoove us to follow His lead. Write it down!
Prepare Action Steps: I don’t know about you, but I am constantly writing to-do lists and daily task forms to help me stay focused on what I need to do each day. The items on these lists help me to remember what to work on and how to achieve my ultimate goal. Proverbs 21:5 tells us that diligence or continuous work leads to profit, but being hasty or trying to do things at the last minute leads to poverty. The word of God also tells us in Proverbs 24:27 to prepare our work and gather everything we will need and THEN to build the house. For example, if I have a launch planned for new items in my boutique, I am working towards the launch everyday. Because I have so many different things going on, it’s important for me to stay focused on all of them so that nothing falls through the cracks. On my to-do list you may see something like: Create graphics for marketing, decide on giveaway items, automate social media posts for this week, create a discount code and send email reminders about the launch daily. These items help me set specific action steps that are all working towards the one ultimate goal of launching new arrivals on my site. Identifying small action steps is just as important, if not more as identifying the main vision that you have in mind.
Stop Complaining: When we’re working hard to make things happen, our frustration can get the best of us and we find ourselves throwing tantrums and complaining about the calling on our lives. We fuss about how we’re irritated, over “it”, ready to do something different and sick of doing the same old things getting that same old results. God is not a boring God. Though He is the same yesterday, today and forever, He is also full of surprises. He is constantly revealing Himself in new ways and blowing our minds with His glory. If you’re bored with what you’re doing you’re either not walking in the call from God, or you haven’t been sitting at His feet. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
Referenced Scriptures (ESV & KJV):
2 Thessalonians 1: