This lesson was inspired by the scripture below, which is referring to our lives as Christians and building on the foundation that is Christ. As I read, I found myself drawing parralels with how l am to run my business.
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NIV
I am going through a season of implementing processes in my business. As I do this, I’m coming across holes of inefficiencies and a lack of excellence in the way the business has been run. The foundation of your business is the idea that God gave to you in the first instance. Going forward it becomes your responsibility to choose the best materials with which to build it.
Straw and wood are cheap and easy to come by. It is easier working with these sort of materials as straw can be bent into shape with little effort, wood can be carved or sawn easily too. It isn’t expensive to obtain either.
Silver and gold on the other hand are costly and difficult to work with. It requires the skill of a metalworker or blacksmith, it requires fire and hours bent over a furnace. If a mistake is made using such a material it requires painstakingly starting all over.
Which materials will you use for your building?
The cheap ones can still make a beautiful building, it isn’t so hard to paint over wood with high shine gloss or create a bells and whistles website. What matters is the quality of your work. It is when faced with the fire, challenges in the business that the truth is revealed.
Creating a quality product or service requires investment and not just cash, but hours of learning to become an expert. You can if you have the funds hire an expert where needed so long as quality, excellence is what is being produced. Where God is concerned we should do all things excellently. With each creation of the component of the world, God ‘saw that it was good’ when he completed it. He didn’t do a shabby job and say “this will do, it’ll work itself out”. He stopped only when it was excellent.
If your business gets burned up because the materials used were cheap and flammable, we have a merciful God. You will suffer the loss, it is painful but you will survive it. You can begin again, His grace is sufficient for you.
Finally, note that having a sound foundation or a great business idea does not absolve you of the physical and emotional investment required. Just because you were inspired by the Holy Spirit does not mean it will be a roaring success. You have to choose the right materials and invest time and energy into it while following the leading of the Holy Spirit. And after you’ve done all you can, stand.