Why Business?

Recently, as I began to interact with more people, even customers, most of them ask a very similar question, “Why go into business at such a young age?”

Well firstly, I am fortunate to have been born into a family where we love God and are in His blessings. Finances were never really a problem for me as a child. Even when my family was not very well-to-do when I was very young, God always came through and blessed us. There was never a day in my childhood that I was not able to get my favorite toy or eat my favorite food, as we were always faithful to God in everything in our lives including our finances, like in Malachi 3:10 (NLT) that says:  “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” God’s blessings never ceased. Soon, my dad got a job with my granduncle in the jewellery trade and our finances had a major boost.

Over the years, my father got connections with his clients and also relationships with my granduncle and his other bosses and co-workers strengthened, and my dad had found favor with them. Then, as I grew up in church, Pastor How preached on sustainable idealism and how we are able to do good and do well in life. It is not an either or. A story from the bible that Pastor preached from this message was in Luke 10:25-37 – The good Samaritan. Many times when people read this story, they focus on how the priest and the levite ignored the man that was half dead and only the Samaritan did something. Here, Pastor shifted our focus to mainly how the Samaritan was able to do something. The Samaritan said: ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ Whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. This is so incredible. How many people can send a half dead man to the ICU and say do whatever is needed and when I come back after the operation, I will pay all? Or even at a moment when you feel lead by God to pack up everything you have and go into the missions, how will we sustain it? Upon graduation, a typical graduate’s pay is about $2600 to $3500. After working for 10 to 15 years, if everything goes well, the salary would probably increase to $7000 to $10,000? Then again would we be able to tell our bosses that we would want to go for a 3 months long mission trip? Or for the next few months we will want to be focused on serving in church and therefore would need a temporary break from work indefinitely? It will be so hard to have an idealistic life where we can do good and where it can be sustainable.

One of the best ways Pastors shared to go about doing this is to go into business, where we build a company and after it is stable, it will be self-sustaining, running on its own by its employees, only needing us to set aside time once in awhile to add inputs and improvements. Then, we can start to have the idealistic life that we want and with the business sustaining that idealistic life.

This leads me to the second reason. Thankfully, my father had connections in the jewellery trade with my granduncle and all, along with all our finances that built up over the years, setting up a jewellery business was no problem at all! Sure I know that starting up a business, aside from finances, there are many more aspects to look at and to overcome. The starting years will not be easy and risks have to be taken many a times. Then again, which route in life begins easy? Unlike another other business out there, I have a God that is for me! In faith, I believe that after these first few starting years, God will move and my business will flourish into a successful one. Rather than working hard for the first 10 years of my life then starting up my very own business and struggle again for the next few years to make that business successful, With the help of Pastor’s teachings and my leaders in church and my parents, I am blessed to be able to do so now at the age of 24.

I am striving to do both well and good in life. I believe that a person is able to build a successful business, without compromising on God, his/her family and church. It is never either or. It is both! Grace and I, we are determined to be a new generation of entrepreneurs. Ones that love God, loves people and loves life. Ones that are successful both in the business world, in family and in church. We are all called to greatness. And Grace and I, we choose to live a life by design not by default!

I believe that our future is gonna be amazing.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
– Jeremaiah 29:11

Amen and amen!!

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Faith-Based Decision Making

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“The economy of the Kingdom of God is quite simple.
Every new step in the Kingdom costs us everything we have gained to date.
Every time we cross a new threshold, it costs us everything we now have.
Every new step may cost us all the reputation and security we have accumulated up to that point.
It costs us our life.

A disciple is always ready to take the next step.
If there is anything that characterizes Christian maturity,
it is the willingness to become a beginner again for Jesus Christ.
It is the willingness to put our hand in His and say, “‘I’m scared to death, but I’ll go with you.
You’re the Pearl of great price.’”
– John Wimber

Such a powerful weekend! Pastor How preached in Heart of God Church on making decisions based on faith and not fear! This inspired me so much as in my job, making decisions is part of my everyday life. Should I hire this staff or that staff? Should I invest in A or B? Should I market the company this way? And a lot of these situations, it is so easy to shrink back and make the decision based on fear and keep in my comfort zone. However breakthroughs only happen when we move out of faith! Like the story of the 4 lepers, when we move, God moves. And when God moves, miracles happen, doors of opportunities will open for us!

Another thing that Pastor How preached that got me thinking was when he compared Job, a man with so much to lose, and the 4 lepers, men with nothing to lose. This got me to think, which of these 2 groups will I be in as I am now, as I am when I’m in my 40s and as I am when I’m in my 80s. If I have achieved much in my lifetime, would I want to play it safe or keep moving forward. There and then I made the decision, that I will be always on the offence, always taking new ground. As John Wimber said, I will be willing to lose everything and be a beginner again for Jesus Christ! Sure it is terrifying to lose everything we have gained to date and start all over, but where God is, there I will follow. After all, He is the Pearl of great price!

I can’t wait for part 2 of Faith-Based Decision Making this coming weekend! I wouldn’t miss it for the world!!

Going back to the Fig Tree

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In the last two weeks in Heart of God Church, my pastors, Pastor Lia and Pastor How preached a two part series about spending time under the fig tree – spending time with God and being in His presence. I was so impacted by what my pastors preached and it really reminded me of the importance of spending time in God’s presence.

One of the things that really impacted me in part one last week was Pastor Lia’s phrase “While salvation is free, there is a price for God’s presence. The price is time.”

Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship that we have with God. And all relationships take time. A relationship with God, while unlike other relationships in many ways, still follows the general rule of relationships – Time. For any relationship to grow, time and effort needs to be invested in it. The Bible is filled with comparisons to help us conceptualize our relationship with God. For example, Christ is depicted as the bridegroom, and the Church is depicted as the bride. Marriage is two joining their lives as one (Genesis 2:24). Such intimacy involves time spent alone with one another. Another relationship is that of father and child. Close parental relationships are those in which children and parents have special “alone time” together. Spending time alone with a loved one provides the opportunity to truly come to know that person. Spending time alone with God is no different. When we’re alone with God, we draw closer to Him and get to know Him in a different way than we do in group settings.

Jesus loves us, so He died on the cross for us. That is His gift to us. It is free. However His presence, His precious presence can only be bought with our time!

As a worshiper and a musician in God’s house, whatever power, whatever anointing comes from us spending time under the fig tree. Without it, we are simply musicians. No different from musicians playing sappy love songs.

Also, this week, Pastor How preached on a part two of under the fig tree. (I love having 2 senior Pastors in my church!) Pastor How preached that the church is not just an organisation, it is a spiritual organism. And organisms need to be fed. In this case, the church’s ‘food’ is the prayers of the saints – us! As much as we want to be as creative, as world class, as strategic as Google or Apple Inc, it is all pointless if there is no presence of God. Therefore we, as the church need to pray!

Pastor How also shared that the goodness of God is that He will, the greatness of God is that He can, and the promises of God are conditional! God’s promises will only come to pass IF we pray…only IF we pray. I believe that when we pray, through God, all things are possible! I remember hearing a sermon a few months back from Pastor Phill Pringle. He said that prayer is as vast as God because He is in it. As vast as God! With God, we have the power to move anything when we pray!

We have a God that is great. He is the Lord of lords, King of kings. Just thinking of that puts me in awe of God. Come what may, some times instead of handling everything with out own strength, we just need to pray and go back under our fig trees. Personally and corporately as a church, I believe that whatever we pray and ask in prayer (under the fig tree) will be done for us.

These two weeks have been a blast for me. It really reminded me of the importance of spending time with God and being intimate with Him.

I can’t wait to be found again and again under the fig tree with my God in prayer and worship. See you guys there too!