Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I Timothy 6:12
Temptation can be great in volatile economic times for individuals and businesses to be distracted from their primary mission or to give up on their assignments altogether. When the forecasts look bleak and there are indicators such as rising unemployment, foreclosures, decreased revenues and net loses – the burning question in many business people’s minds is, “Why continue?” Yet it is in times like these that Kingdom businessmen and women must remember that they started their businesses to meet a marketplace need, create a profit and fulfill the Great Commission in the marketplace.
Do you ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” or “Is there a higher purpose than just making money?” If the focus of your business has become simply to make money, or if your business model is purely transactional, your business could falter. My question to you is this, “Are you involved in the good fight?”
Life is a fight and no matter what you are doing you are fighting – either for something or against something. You have to make sure that you are fighting for the right reasons and against the right enemy. The good fight is a battle against the works of darkness for the soul and destiny of humanity. In the marketplace, this battle is waged through the venue of commerce. Your business must deliver (with passion!) a product or service that meets clear needs in people’s lives, or you will not survive tough economic times.
Great battles are won or lost not based on the might of an army, but based on the magnitude of the mission and the selflessness of the army’s purpose. If an army goes to war just for the spoils of victory and the satisfaction of destroying an enemy, the soldiers will not remain inspired during the difficult times of the war. If, however, their mission is significant and their cause is greater then themselves, then no matter how difficult the war, they are prepared to die for what they are fighting for and that which gives them a great advantage.
This is a time to reflect on the reasons you entered into business in the first place. Review your purpose and mission and ensure that it is for a cause bigger than yourself, then realign your activities with your purpose and mission.
Those who are engaged in the good fight cannot lose. The fight was already won at Calvary by our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ. The battle is not ours. It is the Lord’s. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
What are you fighting for?
Make sure you are fighting the good fight, then you will have the stamina to make wise business decisions in tough times that will produce profitable physical and eternal dividends.
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Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.