In business, a self-starter who launches a new company is called an entrepreneur. They are pioneers who build and manage organizations often at considerable risk and show great initiative.

Entrepreneurs are the initiators of new products and services. They are the people who prefer to work independently instead of answering to a boss.

The Kingdom of God has its share of entrepreneurs. A quick survey of Scripture reveals a long list of people who took great risk and changed history with their willingness to do something new.

Abram left his homeland to find an undisclosed location God was giving him.

Noah built an ark in a place without a lake.

Moses left shepherding to become a national leader.

Nehemiah left his job as a personal assistant to rebuild a city.

Jesus left carpentry to become a travelling teacher.

Paul left his religious post to become a Christ follower and missionary to the Gentiles.

The early church entered into intentional community living and became an effective social agency for change.

In every case, God’s compassion entrepreneurs are people who get a better idea and take the risk of doing something new and untried. What are you called to leave in response to God’s call?

In one sense, we are called to become compassion entrepreneurs or at least to join in helping others to do so. Consider the Great Commission Jesus gave to us.

Matthew 28:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Disciples get permission (authority) from Jesus. They go to unknown places at great risk and expense to lead others into God’s Kingdom. They are secure in knowing that God goes with them until the end of time.