Economic innovation is a major way to provide capital to advance the kingdom of God. Let’s take entrepreneurship as an example. The “ministry” of an entrepreneur is to find a cure (healing) for the business world the same way a physician is trained to heal the body. They are apostles of healing, both meeting the needs of humanity through good gifts and services. And this ministry gift of the entrepreneur needs to be understood and embraced by the priests.
Business and entrepreneurship (as well as any marketplace ministry) is a God-given calling, the same as pastoring a church. Entrepreneurs, through their gifts and passion, tap into their creative capacity to create new products and services that bring solutions to make life more enjoyable, improve health, and harness the earth’s natural resources and more. They expand the “economic pie” by creating new markets and opportunities, instead of fighting with competitors over the same slice. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION ARE DIVINE EXPRESSIONS OF GOD.
We are made in the image of God, the Creator: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them,” (Genesis 1: 27). As one author wrote, “The entrepreneur’s creativity is akin to God’s creative ability in the first chapter of Genesis. In this sense, the entrepreneur participates in the original cultural mandate to replenish and subdue the earth that God gave to Adam and Eve.” The creative power (ability) that created all matter is “THE BLESSING.”
Creativity and innovation are divine expressions of God and should be encouraged, not stifled or rejected.
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