The Internet is filled with great resources for businesses. But for Christian business owners, there is only One Source for wisdom, guidance, and understanding.
The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has the supreme authority in all matters of faith and character and conduct. And business.
The following 9 verses form the bedrock for my business. I hope these bless you, too.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you (Romans 12:2, MSG). These are familiar words. God is interested in you bringing everything to Him and making it available to Him. Everything. For those in Christian business, it is all too easy to be swayed by this world’s many shiny offerings. It’s easy to sacrifice God’s call to excellence on the altar of mediocrity. He wants us to bring it all to Him – Utmost for His Highest. He will use what you give Him wherever you go, and use it in such a way that brings about real treasure: peace and joy and healing and grace.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24, NIV). I run about 1,000 miles a year with my dog Jack. Over 20 years, that’s a lot of mileage. Running though without a goal is insanity. My goal is centered in discipline. In business, running without a goal is like running a race without a finish line. You need measurable goals.
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers (Proverbs 11:14, NIV). The word “proverb” means “to be like.” Proverbs are simple, moral statements that highlight fundamental business realities. In Proverbs there are four passages encouraging Christian business owners to have wise counselors around them (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 20:18; 24:6). For me, I’ve made it a core value to always get counsel from my group of “wise guys” (spiritually mature brothers who have known me for years and are not afraid to speak the truth in love). So, when I’m considering a major life change or significant business decision, I call on these guys. Who are your wise guys?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV). God has called us as Christian business owners (yes, it’s a ministry and mission). You know you should do this for the Lord, but have you ever considered that by working for the Lord that He doesn’t need anything from you to meet His needs? In other words, when we work for Him, the blessing, the immediate and heavenly ROI is joy. True joy. What a game changer.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). Financial institutions come and go. Stocks rise and fall. But you can bank your life on the promises of God. Here we discover that self-reliance is not the way to go. Instead, we are to trust in God with each and every precious moment He gives.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV). Have you ever thought of the Bible as a continuous exhortation to stop worrying? I like how John MacArthur captures this: “As children of God, we have a single goal—treasure in heaven; a single vision—God’s purposes; and a single Master—God, not money.” When (not if) you experience a business problem, stop-drop-and-pray. Give thanks no matter the situation or circumstance. God’s got this.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much (Luke 16:10, NIV). If you read all of Luke 16:1-14, you’ll see this is a picture of today’s business life. In the story you see an entirely dishonest employee who was entrusted with his employer’s money and used it very unwisely. And before he is caught and fired, he does something incredibly dishonest, but shrewd (Jesus notes this in the story). Jesus tells us to imitate this guy! Not his dishonesty, but his wisdom. Jesus tells us that as sons and daughters of light that we are to use money for eternal good. Take a look at Matthew 6:20. I believe in prayer first and foremost. But if we’re to take Jesus at His word, we also need to invest in reaching the lost.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16, NIV). In our day-to-day business dealings, we must be engaged in good deeds in order that God gets the glory (do not confuse “deeds” with salvation – saved by grace through faith). We are to pursue acts of generosity, works of kindness, and actions of love. When people think about our businesses, what do they think? Do they see Him or just another business as usual?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV). This passage is called the Great Commission. It contains the last words of Jesus. Last words are important. As Christian business owners, we are His disciples. Being His disciple means believing and acting on what God’s Word says … at work, with employees, with vendors, everywhere and with everyone. It means sharing the Gospel with others in both word and deed (character and conduct).
- One of my go-to online resources for Bible Study Tools is BibleStudyTools.com
- I use The Bible App from YouVersion on my smartphone and pad.
If you want to discover the publishing and marketing tools I’ve used over the years, click here. These resources will give you a competitive edge in the marketplace.
However, my absolute favorite way to read and study and meditate on God’s Word is right here. Yes, that really is my Bible.