Integral (connected with my heart) naturally leads to integrity. I have nothing to hide and lots to give. Integral means I’m whole. I’m an expression of one part of God’s Kingdom strategy. I’m part of the “whole” purpose which is much bigger than myself. A business is always (and only) sustainable for long periods because of integrity. Customers always look for people they trust and whose stories they know.
Integrity is not the outward show of good conduct. Good moral character suggests an external set of rules. Personal self-discipline and external accountability don’t work over a lifetime. “Religion” is generally perceived as the latter (often correctly). People have radar for those who just manage their outward appearances. Real integrity guides us from an integral heart, not a list of rules. I want to live a certain way, and I have a good reason to do so at a heart level. There is no duplicity. What you see is what you get! Integrity means I’m integral with my life’s purpose; my kingdom assignment. I’m marching to a guidance set that is unique to my design and the desires that Father wrote in my heart.
Prov 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. NIV
Warm-hearted – People (and customers) follow those who are wholehearted. Integral people have fun at work; they are comfortable in their skin and humor is the constant companion of their warmth. Somehow there is a connection between their freedom, their spontaneity, and their creativity. Their enthusiasm pulls others into the same enthusiastic warmth – it’s contagious. They create value for others in their person and their products. They not only attract people, they naturally attract money because people want to buy what they have – It’s not just the product, it’s also the person. It reminds me of the “different spirit” Joshua and Caleb carried. Their unique marketing angle is personal authenticity. They (and their products) are personally reliable. Even when something goes wrong, the relationships continue, and everyone can feel it’s not just for the sake of future business; it’s from the heart. You can feel it originates from God’s heart!
“Selling,” capitalism and business can be viewed as tainted for many of us. I don’t sell gifts of grace (healing, prophecy, deliverance, revelation). We were all bought with a price and what we freely received, we all freely give.
Matt 10:7-9 – ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. NIV
Acts 8:19-21 – “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. NIV
What we do sell is the work of our hands and the wisdom to implement the grace we have received. Trading has always been part of the Kingdom and money has always been a medium to exchange value that enriches others. We all have bills to pay and providing value for other people is the practical side of ministry that creates wealth. If my “message” doesn’t include a means to follow-up and gain more value, then I don’t really have a message that’s going anywhere (clouds without rain). If what I have adds value to others, they are more than happy to “buy it” and new wealth is created in the process. Many are being invited by God into the business mountain right now. Revelation and wisdom are two wings of the same airplane. We are both practical and spiritual; prophetic and profitable.
Acts 16:14-15 – One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. NIV
Prov 31:16-18 – She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. NIV
The Online Heart Plan – We’ve been coaching people to connect with what God wrote in their hearts for eight years. We leave them in a place of pursuing the dreams that ignite their zeal for life. It has led to some remarkable career transitions and business startups. To make this process more accessible, we’re going to put it online and compliment it with enough webinar support to make it work for whomsoever. We’ll probably dry run the course through a group of students who will help us iron out the wrinkles while getting clarity on their own hearts and assignments. Let me know if you’re interested (enroll here).
Seers and Doers – When we get the Heart Plan up and running, we’ll make “Seers and Doers” a practical reality for business people with a second online course. I envision two more after that. We’re not done until we have a reformation of nations! These are all tools to build that house. I’m sharing this for your prayer support. Right now, I’m in the middle of learning new software and getting the content for the Heart Plan uploaded. Releasing the hearts of Kings is fun and strategic for the Kingdom!
- Seers and Doers, Sons Bringing Heaven to Earth
- Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace
- Desire to Destiny, Seven Keys to Your Marketplace Ministry
- Podcast#1 and Podcast #2 – fun interviews with Steve Reiter and John Ramstead
- Podcast #3and #4 Micro-church– The most recent interviews with Shae Bynes
- Heart Plan in Europe – eu
For those of you who own a Business, join Larry Nault and me at Building A Kingdom Company.
If you’re in education, please get acquainted with David Nycz at http://www.educationviaheart.com/
If you’re one of those young lions hungry to birth a reformation in the Netherlands, contact Marcel van den Berg http://opzoeknaarhetkoninkrijk.nl/
Releasing Kings is available in French “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail” ISBN: 978-90-78643-08-1
Love your ministry. I am a leader of a Christian Business Networking group in Central Florida – “Integrity Business Referrals”. IBR77.com
I am forwarding this email to my members, about 50 in 3 chapters.
Integrity is very critical to our ministry. Will follow your teachings