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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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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The Law of Sowing and Reaping – Biblical Principles in 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

Many successful businesses have been built on the principle of sowing and reaping. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 the Bible states that “the point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” The New Living Translation of the Bible records this principle with these words. “Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” Another part of the Bible reminds the readers that we will reap what we sow.

4 Facts About Business Sowing

1. Every business should Plant Widely

Both individuals and businesses should consider what and where they are planting. Do you have good seed and are you planting that seed in good soil? Only a good seed in good soil will produce good crops. Businesses should be focused on how to develop a better seed and plant it in better soil. Our products need to be the best, and every business needs to be effective at identifying their ideal customer and knowing how to reach them effectively. The better businesses get at planting; the more likely the businesses will reap a good harvest. Author Robert Louis Stevenson has “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

Experience Question: How wisely have you planted your seed in the field of the marketplace?

2. Every business should Fertilize Willingly

Protecting good seed is an important task. In planting, fertilizing adds value to the seeds. Many businesses have a good seed, but then they do not work hard to make sure that the seed that is planted grows. Fertilizing in business comes in terms of customer service and follow through.

Experience Question: Where does your business need to protect the seeds that you have planted?

3. Every business should Weed Wisely

To effectively produce a good crop, weeds must be removed. Weeds in business will come in the shape of distractions, division, and discouragement. The weeds must be removed in order for good crops to grow. No one ever is sad about removing a weed and weeds have a tendency to be the easiest thing to grow. Don’t be afraid to remove the weeds from your business.

Experience Question: What obstacle do I need to remove right now in order to receive a more productive crop?

4. Every business should Reap Wildly.

When the crop is ready, reaping is essential. Reaping is closing the deal. Reaping is receiving the blessings of the hard work in planting. Reaping is a good evaluation of how well a business in planting and growing. When a business is not reaping the right results, then the leader must evaluate the planting process. But when the time of harvest has come, the business must do everything in their power to reap the results of their hard work. To leave results undone is to make all the effort useless.

Experience Question: Are you satisfied with the crops that you are reaping?

Motivational expert Jim Rohn taught on the power of the principle of sowing and reaping. His words are still powerful and helpful to every Christian business owner.

Build on Solid Ground – Biblical Principles 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

A key to building a great business is acting with integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing in all situations at all times. Martin Luther King Jr. taught that “The time is always right to do what is right.” He might have taken his inspiration from the words of Proverbs 4:25-27 where the Bible teaches, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.  27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Businesses that are built on integrity are built on the solid foundation to last generations. Businesses that lack integrity are on a slippery ground that can crumble at any time.

Integrity is a Solid Foundation on which to Build a Business

1. Businesses with high integrity are built on a solid foundation.

People like doing business with businesses that they can Trust. Employees like following leaders that they can believe in and follow. A solid foundation in business is essential for long-term success. Employees must act with integrity and always do what is in the best interest of the business that they serve. Leaders should lead in such a way that it inspires their teams because they are leading with compassion and honesty. Proverbs 11:3 states, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

Experience Question: When are you most tempted to compromise your integrity in making decisions in the business?

2. Businesses with high integrity are led by solid fundamentals.

Having good values in business is a key to building a successful organization. Having a good sense of values will help the leader and everyone throughout the organization to make better decisions. Staying true to the core values of the organization will help the organization, and its people remain true to founder’s purpose. Every company should measure their success on the fundamentals of their values.

Experience Question: Would you say that all of your employees act in alignment with the core values of the organization?

3. Businesses with high integrity are equipped with solid facts.

Integrity means that we know the truth and we act accordingly. High integrity leaders are not afraid of the truth, but rather allow the truth to guide decisions and outcomes. Businesses with high integrity act with truthfulness in all of their interactions. Leaders are called to see and know what is really happening in the business. Aloof leaders or leaders that turn their head to avoid knowing what is really happening with the products, the employees or the customers will never end up building a successful company.

Experience Question: How do you elevate truthfulness in your business?

Jesus told a business parable to his followers. The is true for both life and business. In Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus taught, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” The question for every leader to examine is what foundation are you building your business on? Only businesses that are built on a solid foundation will stand the test of time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. 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.