Business vs. Ministry: Bottom Line vs. Obdience


This probably should have preceded the last post. But no one has ever accused me of being a great maker of plans, so here you go.

Business is about money. Any corner you can cut to earn more money without affecting your product or business you cut because the goal is money. Now admittedly there are exceptions to this (those who live for affecting change in an industry), but the majority of folks are doing business for the sake of earning money. Money is the bottom line.

Ministry can't nearly so easily be measured in numbers. The number of people in your squishy chairs on Sundays, or the number of people you've shared your faith with this week. What do they represent? Numbers. And that is all. I can't find anywhere in the Word where we're commanded to have the biggest ministry we can have, can you? But obedience is demanded throughout. And you know what's really difficult to measure? Obedience.

I think of the advice David gave to his son Solomon before his death, “Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.” - 1 Kings 2:2-3

I encourage you to show yourself a man and live a life of obedience, rather than a life in pursuit of greater numbers. If you're in ministry, your life is not about the bottom line.