The church has at times been in error in regarding making money as an area for the unholy. Ed Silvoso debunks this myth in his book, Anointed for Business. He demonstratesd how the marketplace can be used to advanced the Kingdom of God as opposed to popular opinion.
When the children of God are empowered financially we can do great damages to the kingdom of darkness. Money is what speaks and gives influence in this world and so it’s good to be involved in the business.
Here are 10 of Ed’s best quotes from his book:
1. “To be anointed for business is to be set aside by God for service in the marketplace.” – Ed Silvoso
This applies whether you’re employed by a company to do a specific job or you’re running your own enterprise. You serve others by the work that you do in your particular environment as God has ordained. When you do so it leads to business success and opens doors for greater opportunities for service and job development.
Your anointing is seen in the gifts and talents that God blessed you with when He created you. Some people are great accountants, or architects, or software developers, and leaders. Whatever your gift or talent, it was by design and not an accident for which God has a purpose.
2. “The relationship between labor and worship is important. In fact, God introduced labor before worship.” – Ed Silvoso
Your highest form of worship to God is seen through fulfilling the assignment for which He created you. It’s no wonder why most Christians give Christianity a bad name by living well below their full potential. We also worship God by singing songs of worship and also seeking Him in prayer, yet labor is also important.
When God created Adam, He found pleasure in the work for which He had created him to do; which was, managing the garden and exercising dominion over everything that was put in his care. In the same way, that is what God expects of you while you’re here on earth.
3. “First-century Christians did not see working in the marketplace and serving in the Church as mutually exclusive activities.” – Ed Silvoso
Serving in the church is just as important as what you do in the marketplace because both forms of service glorify God. Today some Christians are faithful when serving in church but unfaithful in serving in the marketplace. The opposite is also true and that’s one of the reasons why the world looks down on Christians- their hypocrisy.
Since worldly people are moved by signs and wonders, isn’t it important to let your works do the talking? If you’re struggling in the marketplace you may need to follow a career development plan that plays to your strengths. On the other hand, if you’re not serving faithfully in the church, find an area of service that utilizes your gifts and talents.
4. “The profit motive is to a businessperson what the drive to win is to an athlete.” – Ed Silvoso
The reason you put effort into anything is to realize some form of a return on your investment. In business this is monetary and in other areas, it could be the number of people impacted by your efforts. This drive comes from the commandment God gave when He created the world.
The scripture reference is Genesis 1:28; It says, “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”
5. “Do not let your occupation block your destiny; instead, allow your destiny to shape your business by turning it into your ministry.” – Ed Silvoso
Most people the world over work in professions that make them miserable because they struggle to express their gifts. At times it may be due to not realizing the opportunities they have to utilize them, but it could also be that they are just not a great fit for what they are currently doing.
If this is the case with you, some career management will be necessary to help you fulfill your destiny. You may need to balance your day job to pay the bills while you work on something else part-time. If you have leeway, you might even leave your current job and pursue your destiny.
6. “Wealth is a gift from God, but it needs to be brought under the power and authority of our Lord. Redeemed wealth has a key role in God’s plans to establish His kingdom on Earth.” – Ed Silvoso
It is God who gives us the power to create wealth and one of the reasons why you need humility. Even though you’ve acquired the skills and knowledge needed to create wealth, having God’s blessing is more important. There are numerous people that have amassed wealth by crooked means but lack the all-important blessing from God.
When you bring it under the subjection of God’s rule He blesses it to accomplish great things for His kingdom. This was the case with Abraham who acquired some possessions when he lied about his wife and got compensated. It’s only until he met Melchizedek the Priest that he established a holy covenant with God that his riches were redeemed.
7. “When the wealthy and the poor walk together, the rich provide hope and the poor impart faith.” – Ed Silvoso
It’s amazing how God works in some situations of life. People with great wealth are often seen as nonreligious and wicked people, while the poor are seen as righteous. In some cases, it’s true because the rich rely on riches while the poor tend to rely primarily on God.
When both worlds come together and work toward a common goal, they achieve greater results than they would separately. Some rich people are lonely despite having all the wealth their desire and people of faith provide that fellowship. Poor people may have the desire to do great exploits for God’s kingdom which is where the rich come in.
8. “The boardroom should be to those anointed to serve in the marketplace what the pulpit is to pastors.” – Ed Silvoso
Now that you know that ministry and the marketplace aren’t separate activities, you need to look at things differently. Just as a pastor or missionary has a congregation, you need to see the people you serve as your congregation. It doesn’t matter what your role is in the organization, there are people you serve whose lives you make better.
You could be an executive or a janitor, the mission remains the same. Think about how you can use your role to express the glory of God in your life for their benefit. Doing so will give you opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
9. “Your attitude will determine the outcome. Attitude always determines altitude.” – Ed Silvoso
The way you do something is just as important as getting the job done. The difference is seen in the quality of work done and how it ministers to those you’re serving. This is more apparent with customer services than other areas of services. A customer may get what they requested but may never want to deal with the customer service person in question.
While you may not see the effects of such bad service in the short-term, you will in the long-term. That’s why you should do whatever you do as if you were doing it for the Lord.
10. “Business can be done God’s way or man’s way. It is obvious which way will be the most efficient.” – Ed Silvoso
I believe most people struggle in business because they try to do it in their own strength. They tend to believe that its entire success hinges on their efforts alone yet that isn’t the case. When you partner with God and surrender it to Him, together you will achieve business success.
Other people build their business through devious means like paying bribes, cheating their customers, and mistreating their employees. Anything that contradicts the Word of God does not attract God’s blessing, and that’s how it leads to business failure. At the end of the day, the choice is yours to decide how your business will be run.