Practical Biblical Principles for Running a Business

Plan Before You Begin.

Luke 14:28 advises us that before we begin a work we must plan carefully what is required for success.

Commit your Plans to the Lord

Proverbs 16:3,9:  Our plans are futile if they are not approved by God.

Seek Godly Trusted Advisors

Proverbs 15:22  reminds us that plans fail for lack of counsel.  Establish a Godly Board of Advisors.

Be Diligent.

Proverbs 22:29 advises us that the diligent in business will stand before kings.

Hard Work is Commanded by God

Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us that whatever we do, should do with all our might.

Hard Work Brings Increase.

Proverbs 31:17-18 advises that those that work hard shall see increase.

Misguided Hard Work Fails

In Haggai 1:6, The people had little for their hard work because they served themselves before God.

Do Not Cheat the Customer.

Deuteronomy 25:15 advises businesses to have a perfect and just scale.

Do Not Practice Deception

Leviticus 19:14 tells us not to take advantage of others, especially the disadvantaged.

Sell Quality.

Matthew 7:17 reminds us that a good tree bears good fruit.  Produce good work that shows you belong to a good Lord. 

Spiritual Biblical Principles for Running a Business

Be the Light

Matthew 5:14-16 is a great guiding principle for our business.  It should be a means for us to let our light shine before men.

Pray Everyday

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:  The most valuable thing you can do for your business is pray over it everyday. 

Serve Your Customers

1 Peter 4:10:  If you think of your business as an extension of your ministry, you will love your customers and they will feel your love. 

Ephesians 6:7-8:  See our service to others as an opportunity to serve the Lord. 

Be Content

Hebrews 13:5:  Don’t let money or success change you; neither will give you peace or make you happy. 

Help Each Other

Hebrews 10:24-25:  Make time to encourage other entrepreneurs. It’s a heavy burden we carry as business owners, and we all need to remember we are not alone.

Accept Counsel

Proverbs 12:1:  Honest feedback is a gift. Seek it out and embrace it as a learning opportunity. 

Forgive

Colossians 3:13:  It is easy to feel wronged in business dealings.  Practice diligently the spiritual principle of forgiveness.

Priorities

Everything we do can be evaluated by its importance and urgency.

  • Things that are not urgent and not important to be avoided or ignored.
  • Things that are urgent but not important should be delegated or rescheduled.
  • Things that are both urgent and important need to be attended to immediately, but you don’t want to be operating in this mode.
  • If you are managing your priorities well, you will spend your time doing things that are important, but not urgent.