I’ve been a
Christian in business my entire working life, and in that time I have had to
learn what part I play in making my life and career work, and what part God
Over 25 years in
business has taught me that God in my work space is really only as good as the
amount of work that I am putting in. If I want to coast along and do as little
as possible, he does the same. If I am ambitious and working hard, he seems to step
up his help in this area. Doors open and opportunities come.
The point of
this article is that just because you’re a Christian, you still have to hustle.
It is awesome that we have favor and blessing on our lives, but we serve a
practical God who leaves many of the steps up to us to action. We don’t get a
free ride in life because we are one of his children. He is there to help and
support us, but he is happy to dish out tough love on his kids to ensure that
we in fact grow up and take responsibility for our lives.
I was at a
conference almost a couple of years ago and the guy speaking said, “You can
always tell the Christians in business versus the ones who are planning to go
into business. The ones in business always have a cranky look on their faces.”
everyone laughed, but it is true. Spoils in life always come to those willing
to hustle. If you work hard, study hard, get qualified, save money… things will
go your way.
Want to actually
have some money? You might need to drop spending on all those wants and put
some money away. Just by spending less than you earn, you’ll already be ahead
of most of the population.
Want to earn
more money? You might need to turn off the TV and start doing more reading or
study on the subject matter that can help you earn more. Upskilling so you can
get better pay is a great way. Being a hard worker is another too.
Want a better
life than the one you’ve got? Then you’ll need to make some changes to what you
are currently doing today. You’ll need to hustle by working hard, learning
more, learning how to save and invest. THEN you add prayer into the mix, and it
is the icing on the cake.
I am a massive
believer in prayer to have God help us do things that we cannot in the natural,
but we must be doing our part. We must be giving it 100% effort so that we hold
up our end of the bargain. We have to learn to hustle in life; not just hop
from one conference to another, hoping there is going to be a magic opportunity
that will come our way that means we can avoid the above.
Like I said, I
have been in business 25 years and I haven’t found one yet.
Go to the ant,
you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer
or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of SP. He also blogs at www.mattdanswan.com. His new book NOT Business As Usual documents the story of the building of Initiate Media debt-free.