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.