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.