Building a Kingdom Business: 5 Biblical Principles For Business
Do you own a business? What have you learned during the course of your business that have helped you accelerate and grow? As a minister and business leader, I read lots of books and study other successful business owners, and can without a doubt say that the Bible is the best business book on the market. It has taught me so much about myself as a leader as well as given me guidance for how to have better relationships with people. The Bible is also full of solid business principles that can help anyone achieve success in business and in life. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.
5 Biblical Principles That Are Good Business Sense
1. Honesty and Integrity
People value and respect people who honor them as customers. You show honor and integrity by telling the truth, treating people fairly, respectfully handling conflict, and simply by being a person of your word. Take a look at what the Bible says about honor and integrity. Do you practice this in your business?
2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV: For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.
Proverbs 28:6 ESV: Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
Psalm 119:1 NLT: Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.
Whether a business owner or founder believes in the Bible or not, no business will be successful without honesty and integrity.
Your business purpose is the foundation of your business. When you consider your values, mission and how you’re going to run your business, you must be clear on your purpose. Having a purpose makes it easy to build and grow a successful business. Your purpose gives you passion and guidance to your actions. Having a purpose also helps you plan better. Purpose is also what helps you stay focused on your mission and values in business. If a new product offering or opportunity doesn’t line up with the purpose of your business, you know it’s not right for you and your company or ministry.
Here’s what the Bible says about being on purpose:
Psalm 37:23 NLT: The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Proverbs 19: 21 AMP: Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.
Romans 8:28 AMP: We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1 AMP: To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.
Who wants to do business with someone who is not nice? Not me! And I’m sure your customers, vendors and suppliers won’t either. When you show kindness to people, they recognize it and choose to do business with you. Believe it or not, kindness is so rare in business today it actually gives you a competitive advantage!
The Bible shows us how to practice kindness in business:
Proverbs 16:24 NLT: Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 17:22 NIV: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Ephesians 4:32 ESV: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
It just makes sense: Nice people get much further in business and in life. I’m not saying be a pushover, but I am saying be kind to people, and you’ll see your business flourish!
Like kindness, being generous goes a long way in business. You can be generous by going above and beyond what is expected or requested. You can also be generous with your time. For example, when you have a few extra minutes between appointments, don’t rush your current appointment out of the door. If God has blessed you with a business, show people the love of God by being generous. God will honor what you give by giving it back to you.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 ESV: They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Proverbs 19:17 ESV: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Psalm 37:26 ESV: He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.
Psalm 112:5 ESV: It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
When you run your business, do you consider yourself a servant? Think about the time, talent and resources you expend in your business as a way to serve your team members, staff, customer and your leaders. One of the reasons God gifts you with a particular skill or insight is so you can use it to help others. Zig Ziglar once said: “You will always get what you want, if you help enough people get what they want.” That’s a true statement. When you serve people, you allow yourself to meet their need, and the blessing of being able to help someone is a reward in and of itself.
The Bible has many scriptures about working in service to others, here are a few of them:
Philippians 2:3-5 ESV: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Mark 10:45 ESV: For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Matthew 25:21 ESV: His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Matthew 20:26 ESV: It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
Proverbs 11:25 ESV: Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
It is a blessing to be in service to others!
Do you use these principles in your company? Take the Kingdom approach to your business, and you’ll notice that people are easier to work with, your attitude about work is uplifting, and you’ll find your work more rewarding. You’ll also get in the habit of making your business about the people you serve and not yourself. And this, my friends, is the key to Kingdom business!