Put First Things First – Biblical Principles on which to Build a Business

Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus gave his followers a powerful principle to follow. Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The first three words of this verse are very instructive. Those words are “but seek first.” A great principle to practice in business is to focus on first things. When a leader understands the order of things, things can become easier to understand.

When a leader understands the order of things, things can become easier to understand.

Four First Things That Should Never Be Lost in Business

1. God Should Always Come First.

The encouragement of Matthew 6:33 is to be God and His kingdom above all things. The promise from God is that when we honor Him first, He will not hold back on all the things that we need. In other words, by giving up, we get ahead. Christian businesses put God first in how we conduct business and how we treat our customers and build our products. God should be able to look into any business and be pleased with the work that is being conducted there.

Experience Question: If God took a tour of your business, would He be pleased with all the things that He found?

2. Your Family Should Know That They Are Important Than Your Business.

Many families of business owners suffer because the business takes priority over everything. Family members often feel neglected and left out. A business owner and leader should always convey to their family that the family is important than their work. When that order gets confused, then the life begins to fall apart. I have taught leaders for many years to treat their spouse and their families as the most important customer because they are. Families should always be placed above the business.

Experience Question: Would your family state that you believe they are more important than your business?

3. Without Your Customers, You Do Not Have a Business.

Customers are essential to business success and sustainability. Many businesses in the modern area have forgotten this fundamental first in business. Businesses once believed and taught that the customer was always right. Now, it needs to be taught that customers are essential. Businesses should make it a priority to love their customers and serve them passionately. Author Harvey Mackay states “no business can stay in business without customers. How you treat – or mistreat – them determines how long your doors stay open.”

Experience Question: Would all of your employees state that the customer is the first thing in your business?

4. The Business Needs to be Bigger than the Owner.

Many businesses are not bigger than the owner of the business. In other words, if everything in the business is dependant on the owner when the owner stops doing those things the business stops. Every successful business builds it in such a way that is larger than just one person. Business owners need to build their business so that they can go away when necessary to get vision, insight, and direction and still have the business continue to grow and develop.

Steven Covey taught this principle in his book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” He said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Indeed, focusing on first things in business is a key to success and great biblical principle which to build a business.


Ken Gosnell is CEO and Servant Leader of CXP (CEO Experience). He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/

He has also created the CEO Experience Impact Assessment. This assessment helps leaders learn the areas of their leader that they must improve to go forward. Get your score by taking the assessment here.

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