The bible is full of good insight for running or growing a business. Believers who embrace Godly principles have the opportunity to shine as a light in a sphere of influence most often driven by the darkness of greed. The key distinction of a Christian in business is reflected in Psalms, "Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly." Psalms 112:5 NLT
Jesus often used examples of business and trade in his parables and discussions on the Kingdom. In a way, he used them to describe expectations around the role of his followers in the earth. Today, there are several common characteristics of businesses that embrace the Kingdom in their day to day operations. Following are several ways that you can embrace the Kingdom in your business or ministry.
TIP 1: Recognize God as the owner.
Many believers have come to recognize that there is a purpose greater than themselves in the businesses that they operate. Those who recognize that God is the head of their life and business, experience the greatest partnership. God knows everything, can see everything, and is all powerful. What more could you ask for in a strategic partner?
TIP 2: Daily ask God for direction
As we mentioned, God is all knowing. He’s also promised to light our path and direct us while we are on that path. Our charge is to trust Him in all we do. As we stay connected to God’s word and speak with Him daily, we can trust the direction that He provides.
Psalm 119:105 offers this message, "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
TIP 3: Follow the pattern He provides
Have you ever prayed for guidance and then later had a mental image or idea of how to solve it? When you ask God for guidance, He will provide direction and it sometimes comes in the form of an idea of what it should look like and how it should operate.
These mental pictures and thoughts were also provided in the Bible, especially when there was a project of extraordinary importance. During Moses’s Tabernacle building project, men and women were said to be wise hearted. These wise hearted craftsmen and artisans carried a mental image along with the skills to produce what God told Moses to produce.
Exodus 35:1 (KJV) says “Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.”
TIP 4: Trust Him for witty inventions
God is able to use you in amazing ways, trust Him to guide you in how to truly be unique and stand out in the marketplace. Jacob was an agricultural genius. He knew how to breed animals to make them strong and healthy. As a result he became very wealthy. (See Genesis 30 for the complete story) .
Proverbs 8:12 describes one of the benefits of embracing wisdom, "I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”
TIP 5: Follow His plan
I love to plan, but I’ve also become very aware that there is a plan in God’s heart and mind that always works better than my own. Sometimes we will resist the plan if we don’t take time to acknowledge that its there and that we feel called to follow it. We may think that its unwise or doesn’t follow conventional wisdom, but God’s plan is always better than our own.
"You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”
TIP 6: Operate with Excellence
Psalm 112 is an excellent passage for the believer in business. Verse 9 of this passage goes beyond the golden rule, and shows the reward for treating people with respect. "They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.” It’s amazing the impact that a good leader can have on someone’s life.
Blessings for the Kingdom Business Owner
TIP 7: Give Generously
In many faith and secular environments, the principle of tithing is followed. They may not call it tithing, but many companies give a portion (10%) or more of their profits to causes they have embraced. As a believer in business, you have the opportunity to embrace faith based initiatives all over the world. But what many of these business and ministry leaders have found is that when they give, they receive more and have more to work with and give away.
This principle shows up in Luke 6:38, "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."
TIP 8: Invest in what He guides you to invest in
Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 (NCV) provides a good framework for working in business and ministry. It’s about embracing the future, working diligently, and making investments.
Invest what you have, because after a while you will get a return.
TIP 9: Model biblical and positive business principles.
In addition to the biblical principles we’ve shared with you, its important to operate by positive business principles. We say positive, because there are many people who choose to operate by negative business principles driven by greed. These negative principles focus on exerting power over others.
Most people would prefer to work with and in environments that don’t require those kind of mind tricks and manipulation. Seek to operate by positive business principles that involve adding value to people whether they are your employees, customers, or partners.
Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.
TIP 10: Sharpen your business acumen
The wise book of Ecclesiastes continues to provide good wisdom for business. In chapter 10 verse 10 we read “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” As a business owner or ministry leader, its important to take time to sharpen your ax. You need times of refreshing and your mental and spiritual capabilities require ongoing learning and development. Your organization can only go as far as you have the capacity to lead it, so personal growth should continually be a part of the annual plans for you and your team.
The world would make you think that its not possible to be a righteous person and do business. But the Bible paints a different picture. As we close, refer back to Psalm 112 mentioned in tip 6. It is a good message to end on. In it, we see that those who follow God’s commands receive blessings throughout life. As you go forward, remember to embrace God in your business and be a light that shines in darkness.
by Pearlina Simmons