The most amazing business model on earth is the tree.
It manufactures a product, regularly markets it to a target audience, collects payment at time of acquisition and pays its bills when services are rendered. It is generous in its provision, never lacking for supply and always at peace. It never burns the midnight oil, only working when the sun is out. Others take shelter in its shade and find security upon its branches.
Trees have a 99.99% success rate compared to 4% of startup businesses.
What do trees do that most people don’t? We teach the natural processes that produce exceptional, consistent results in our International Christian Business School, but there are a couple of subtle lessons I can pass on here in the blog.
First of all, trees are never worried about money. Most successful people aren’t either. The ones who worry most about money, never get it. The ones who see money as a byproduct of a business well done or a service well rendered are far more successful in life.
The worry about money is the most common limiting factor I see.
You know you’re worried when you cannot be generous, when you hesitate to support the work of the kingdom, when you stress about the very issue Jesus addressed when He said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
But we persist in our worry. Here’s a secret that will cure your worry and free you up to have the resources you need for the calling of God on your life. It is found in Ezekiel 47:12…
“Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
The trees, which the Bible often compares us to, are planted along the bank of the river. But not just any river. It’s the river that flows out of the sanctuary. But not just any sanctuary. It’s the Holy of Holies, the place of His presence.
So what does that mean to you and me?
Simply this… The most important thing we can do on a daily basis is to drink of the Living Word which flows from His presence. He speaks. And His Word nourishes. You can have that river literally flowing from within you, coming out of Him. Jesus said it this way, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
But we must plant ourselves and wait on Him. Don’t be in such a hurry. Learn to wait on the Lord until that river begins bubbling up. Wait for Him daily. Let His river flow out of you and you will bear fruit – every month of the year!
Until next time, Be fruitful and Multiply!