Bible business wisdomBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Play the Role You Were Given.

Let’s look at Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

As business owners we wear many hats.  We have many roles to play.  We have to be the boss, accountant, mentor, leaders, pastor, spouse, parent, priest, etc.

Each of our roles are part of who we are.  Our personality should remain the same through all the stages and all the roles we play.  We stay ‘in character’ by being the person that God created us to be.

Take each of your roles seriously.  Take time to evaluate all the roles you play.  You may not be an accountant, but you should know enough to evaluate the work of your accountant.  You should have a basic understanding of how money works and finances.  You should know how to read reports and evaluate them quickly.

God created you for a specific purpose, but as a business owner, we have to play all the roles that we are given to the best of our ability.  We must learn, grow and become all that God has create us to be.  We are God’s ‘handiwork.’

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Evaluate Roles: Write down all the roles you play in your business.  Give yourself a grade for each role.
  • Educate Your Roles: Read a book or watch some video training to better develop in an area that you are weak in.  You don’t have to master it, you just need to know more than the average person who works in your business.
  • Delegate Your Roles: Evaluate your interest level and skill level in each of your roles.  Then, evaluate the cost of each role.  If you are spending time doing tasks that could be hired out at ten dollars an hour, you are costing yourself money because you are more valuable than that as a business owner.

 

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Business Bible Wisdom: Control

business bible verseBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Understand who is in control.

Let’s look at Isaiah 46:9-10 to see practical Business wisdom from the Bible.

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:9-10

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

Too often we try to control everything we do in this life.  We should plan and make every effort to the best we can in every situation, but at that point we have to let Go do what He is best at: taking care of us.  Ultimately, He is in control.

I used to tell a story.  Imagine the three strongest people you can think of (The Rock, Arnold, etc.). They are standing behind you.  A car has fallen on someone you love.  Would you ask these strong people to stand aside as you try to lift the car off your loved one?  That would not be wise.

We must release things to God if we really understand He is in control.  We do as much as we can and then let God take over.  The old saying goes: We have to let go and let God.

It is a good balance.  Remember the serenity prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Post the serenity prayer somewhere close by or make it your computer screen wallpaper.  Just use it to remind yourself that God is in charge.
  • Write down anything that is stressing you out on a sticky note or scratch paper.  Pray about each item one at a time and crumple it up.  Throw it in the trash physically and release it mentally.
  • Commit to praying no less than five full minutes a day for a part of your business that is frustrating you.  Don’t allow any distractions, commit that time to one specific focus.
  • Take a long walk in a park or some sort of nature.  Just look at all the things that God takes care of.  Take a deep breath and release it.  God is taking care of you by providing the air you breathe.  Take the rest of your walk to thank God for all that He provides for us.  (If you can’t get away to take a walk in nature . . .you need to get away and take a walk in nature!)

 

 

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business bible verseBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Life does not have a sound track.

Let’s look at John 10:10 to see practical Business wisdom from the Bible.

The thief comes only to steal kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

If life had a sound track, we would know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.  We know by looking at the history of politics that it is not always easy to spot the good guys.  We must have discernment.

We live in a world where people can pretend to be good, only to be harboring evil as they move forward in their personal plan.  Look at how many televangelist’s empires crumbled when the truth came out or how many Christians failed in business because they cheated on taxes or lied to employees.

We can look at this verse we find the answer.  We have to look at the fruits that people produce.  Are they honest? Do they protect others? Do they build up others and add value to life?  Those are the opposite of what the verse defines as a thief.

Jesus came to give us life to the full.  He wants to take our personalities and explode them with His power.  He wants to bring out all of the best of our life and show the world His face shining through us.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Realize that you are a child of God and should reflect Him.
  • Read Galatians 5:22-23.  Evaluate yourself by fruits.
  • Create a list of the fruits and give yourself a grade for each.
  • Pick one fruit to develop.  Pray for guidance and create a simple plan.

 

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Biblical Wisdom for BusinessBusiness Bible Verse Wisdom: We see from a heavenly perspective as a business owner.

Let’s look at I Peter 2:9 to see practical Business wisdom from the Bible.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

We see from God’s perspective.  We don’t treat people the way the world treats them, we treat people the way God treats them.  God tells us that we are a ‘special possession.”

As we can see from this verse, we are chosen and we are a priesthood.  If you take those concepts into your business you will see a big difference.  You are a priest or shepherd for anyone in your business.  That includes employees or customers.

  • Being a priest means you understand who you are in Christ.
  • Being a priest means you are continually connecting deeper to God personally.
  • Being a priest means you are praying for employees, customers and community.
  • Being a priest means you are leading spiritually.

 

 

Putting this Business Bible verse in Practice:

  • Realize you are a priesthood for God and pray for His direction.
  • Create a list to pray for your employees, vendors, and customers.
  • Create a schedule for your Bible reading so you can dig into God’s word.
  • Create an open prayer time before the beginning of the day.
  • Create a Bible study for after hours or during lunch.

Caution: Make sure spiritual activities are not seen as mandatory in your business.  Also be cautious about ‘favoring’ those that attend these optional studies.

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Today’s video is about our perspective here on earth in light of scripture.  Bible verses, visual images and a perspective of life are included in each part of this scripture.

If you are a faith member, you can download any of these images with the Bible verse and the wisdom thought from ‘images’ in your dashboard.  It’s totally free for you!

All of these Bible verses talk about a perspective in business.  The business Bible verses focus on you and who you are according to the Bible.  We just need to understand who we are and help others in the world understand who they are.

The 7 Bible Verses used in this video are:

  1. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
  2. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9
  3. Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ Isaiah 46:9-10
  4. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
  5. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
  6. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
  7. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
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For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Matthew 25:29a

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Today we look at a parable of Jesus.  We won’t go through the whole chapter but will focus specifically on the parable found in verses 14-30.

Let’s start by understanding that this parable is talking about two things.  Most parables that Jesus taught has two meaning.  One for this life and one for spiritual.

First, it is talking about the Kingdom of God.  Jesus is using parables about modern life to communicate what the spiritual life is like.  He wants to put the abstract into concrete terms.

Second, it is talking about a business owner who invests in three of his workers.  He is leaving the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars with these workers.  He hands it to them with no instructions.

Each worker knew that he has to risk the money and in order to increase the return.  We know that by what the worker says in verse 24: “I knew that you are a hard man harvesting where you have not sown.”  The worker knew he was supposed to get a return for the investment and it made the owner mad when he didn’t.

Here is where it gets weird.  In the second part of verse 29 he mentions that “whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”  The better translation can be found in the Amplified version. “whoever does not have because he has ignored or disregarded his blessing and gifts from God, even what he has will be taken away.”

First and foremost, God gives us abilities and skills.  He expects us to use those skills to further his kingdom.  You are in business and God expects you to influence others and grow His kingdom here on earth.

Next, we get into the real world application.  This business owner invested his money.  He knew what three areas to invest in and one of them did not produce a return.

Money is to be used to further the kingdom.  If you have a chance to invest money in a Christian company, do so.  You will see that companies built on values tend to have a better overall return.

Investing also means investing in people.  That includes yourself.  Invest in growing yourself.  Invest in growing those around you.  Invest in the Kingdom of God.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Matthew 25:29a

Investing in Business

investing in businessInvesting in your business is more than just money.  It is time, effort, practice and prayer.

Our biblical principle for investing is from Matthew 25:14-30.  This is called the parable of gold or the parable of talents.  (Talents was a term for money usually gold in ancient times.)  We won’t go through the whole parable, but I want to glean some things from it.

The owner knew how much to leave each person.  The owner expected a return on his money. The owner was harsh with those who did not perform.

Yes, this is a parable.  It talks about the Kingdom of God, yet it has truths in this world or Jesus would not have used it as a teaching story.

When we talk about investing in our business we always think about money.  “You have to spend money to make money.”  That’s basically true, but we have time and talents that can also be invested.  Not to mention using the time and money of other people.

Investing in your business means that you are being wise about how you treat your employees, budget, income and leadership.  We keep track of budgets with income, expenses and all of those fun financial things, but how much do we keep track of how much we invest in our employees?

Again, I am not talking about money. I am talking about training, time and using their talents.

We can see from the parable that the owner knew what each employee was capable of.  He had trained them and spent time with them so he knew what he could entrust with them.  One of them did not perform, but that employee knew what he should have done.  It was not the return that was the problem, the effort and disobedience was the issue.

What to Invest in your business:

  • Money: Yes, you can invest money. You may need equipment, supplies, etc.  Just make sure you are accounting for these properly and you have a good strategy for long term growth.
  • Time: Investing time in your business is one things.  You want to invest time ON your business. You want to step beyond running your business and invest time in developing your business system as a whole.
  • Training: This one has two parts.  You need to keep training yourself so that you are always in the know and you want to train those that work with you.  Buy books, give them days to go to training, buy them affordable online courses.
  • Prayer: We should be investing prayer in our business, in our employees, in our families, etc.  I have never seen a business fail for having prayed diligently for God’s guidance.

 

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Investing in Others

business mentoringAs a Christian, you have the ability to bring others ever closer to their God-given potential. All throughout the Bible you see honorable men and women mentoring and investing in others.  We have names like Moses and Joshua, Naomi and Ruth, Paul and Timothy . . . just to name a few.

If you read yesterday’s article you understand the power that comes from investing in yourself.  Let me assure you that investing in yourself comes first.  It is how you honor God with all that you are.  Once you have your purpose in place, it’s time to invest in others.

Let me say it simply: The world needs people to believe in them. Each individual you meet is craving for someone to notice how God created them.

The more we believe in people, the more we show God’s love to those around us.  Just look at social media comments and you can easily see how people are treated.

Our world is a vacuum for positivity. There are so many people in this world just craving one little compliment to let them know they are worthy.  That one compliment may be just what they need to keep them moving forward in life.

I guess it all boils down to the question, who do I invest in?

I know that each situation is different, but let’s look at how Jesus spread out his time.

  • He spoke to crowds of people in open markets. (1000’s)
  • He had a large group of disciples that followed him. (100’s)
  • He had a small group that He lead and talked to personally. (10’s)
  • He had an even smaller group that He empowered. (1’s)

Jesus spoke to crowds of 5000 or more.  He had over 500 people who were following him as disciples.  He had 12 disciples in his core and he had 3 disciples in his inner core (Peter, James and John).

We should take Jesus as an example of our lives.  We have 1000’s on social media.  We may impact 100’s with our business.  We probably have 10 or so people that we can really see potential in and we probably can hone that down to three people who really need accountability, inspiration and motivation.

That is as simple as it gets.  Find someone to teach (lead) and set the example for them.  Talk to them specifically and if you can create a small group of three people working together you will have a strong core of people to invest in who can hold each other accountable.

The next two areas: inspiration and motivation, are similar, but I want you to see them as different.  Think of inspiration as encouragement and motivation as challenging.  For instance you may send a hand written note of encourage to one of your core about a project they completed.  On the other hand, you may send that same person a book on how to better manage a project if the project did not go quite as planned.  In each instance, you are helping that person move forward in understanding how God created that individual.

Inspiration and motivation are two side to investing others.  Paul had Barnabas as an encourager, but if you study their relationship, you will see that Barnabas often challenged, strengthened and questioned what Paul did.

Remember Proverbs 27:17  “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

If you have ever sharpened a blade, there are times when you need to scrape off the rough spots in order to get a good clean edge.  After you get a good clean edge, you then smooth that edge and keep it sharp.

Use this example and find three people you can help. It can be formal in a group setting or informal as you go about your day to day business.  Be careful about ‘playing favorites’ if you work with a large number of people.  You want to be seen as fair and honorable to everyone.

Motivate, Inspire, and hold others accountable, that is how simple it is to invest in others.  You don’t need formal training, you just need a good listening ear and a little bit of time.  If you have invested in yourself, you will be closer to God and by doing so you will bring others closer to Him.

Quick note of caution: Always work with same gender groups.  If you are a male and want to mentor some women in your office, make sure you have a group to work with and never be alone with one of them to avoid any office talk or accusations.

 

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Investing in Yourself

investing in yourselfWhen it comes to owning a business, your most valuable asset is you.  You were given the dream, desire and decision to grow your business.  God created you in such a way that you were meant to do something to impact the world.

Before we go too far, let’s look at the biblical foundation for this concept.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

You may say, “This is not about investing.  It’s about worshiping God and loving others.”  I would agree to some extent, but I want you to look further.

The verse says to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  How can you do that unless you are healthy in heart, soul, mind and strength?  How can you do that unless you have invested in yourself in all four of those areas of growth?

When we invest in ourselves we are investing in our worship of God. 

 

We want to love God with all of our heart.  We must invest time in emotional development.  We must seek deep into who we are and find our purpose.  We must then, worship God out of that purpose.

We want to love God with all of our soul.  We must invest time in developing our spiritual lives through Bible study, involvement with church, accountability, giving, worship, prayer, etc.  We must develop who we are as spiritual beings and children of God.

We want to love God with all of our mind.  We must sharpen our minds so that we can worship God with all of our faculties.  We must be ever growing our minds in the purpose that God has given us here on earth in order to honor Him.

We want to love God with all of our strength.  We must start by understanding that our body is God’s temple.  We must feed it healthy food.  We must commit to regular exercise, rest, etc.  We can’t worship God unless we first have the strength to do so in our body.

Investing in yourself is the first way that you begin honoring God.  If we go back to the verse, it says to love our neighbors as ourselves.  If we don’t love ourselves, how can we love our neighbors?  If we don’t love ourselves, how can we truly worship a God who created us the way we are?

As Christians, we should always be striving to be better in all areas of live.  When we start with the simple things we can control, we find ourselves loving God and loving others in increasing capacity.

Think of a 1% growth in each category over the next year. Here are some ways you may want to consider investing in the following areas:

 

Heart:

  • Take a personality test and get to know yourself better.
  • Evaluate your family life and your relationship with friends.  Get rid of any grudges and live in forgiveness.
  • Read Psalms and other Bible stories to identify emotions you relate to and see how people in the Bible dealt with those same emotions.

 

Soul:

  • Take a spiritual gifts test online and determine how God has made you to interact with the world.
  • Commit to regular spiritual habits: Bible reading, Prayer, Church involvement, Giving, etc.
  • Listen to Christian music (any style you prefer).
  • Listen to Christian leaders in business, pastors, or other areas that interest you (Youtube, Podcasts, etc.)

 

Mind:

  • Read a book that helps you in business.
  • Listen to a podcast from a leader you respect in the business world, preferably Christian leaders.
  • Watch a video about a topic that stretches your mind. (Don’t be afraid of opposing views.)

 

Strength:

  • Keep a food journal for a week and evaluate your typical diet. Adjust small areas to better your nutrition.
  • Implement a simple exercise routine start once a week, then three times a week, then six!
  • Get a fitness coach or accountability partner to help keep you on track.

 

I am not saying do all of these at once.  Pick ONE AREA and do ONE THING. Investments grow best little by little.

Life and growth is about small incremental moments.  1% growth in any area is easily attainable.  It could be a simple walk around the block, read a chapter of Bible each day and find a Christian podcast to listen to.

Note: you can do all three of these at the same time.  Listen to the podcast while you walk and eat a fruit or veggie while you walk . . . that’s a three for one . . . and if the podcast is Christian, it could be a little growth in all four areas with one simple activity.

Investing in yourself is not hard.  It just takes a bit of planning and strategy.  If you need help, contact a Christian business coach or find a mentor in your local area.

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You don’t need to compromise your morals or act ruthless to be successful in business. There are many Christians who are succeeding in business without compromising their values.

Thanks to SmartandRelentless for sharing this wisdom.

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