Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

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The book of Romans is a great book to grasp how the spiritual side of life fits into our real life.  We start off chapter 13 with a talk about authorities.  When we see political debates, it is hard to imagine that God is still in control, but He is.

As a sovereign God, He is in charge of everything that happens, even in politics.  We can vote for our favorite candidate, but we must accept who God puts in charge.  We do our best to respect them and keep our mind set on eternal things.

In verse 6 we talk about taxes.  We should pay what we owe in taxes, revenue, respect and honor.  I love how Paul takes money and reminds us that paying for something comes out of our respect for the system, the people and God.

As business owners, we should respect our employees and show them honor.  We do so with our words, actions and the way we pay them.  As far as taxes, God wants us to pay what we owe, but that does not mean we have to overpay. Be wise in the way you treat money as well as the way you treat people.

The only debt that should remain ‘outstanding’ is that of love.  This is not about being in debt, it is about remaining in debt.  Pay what you should pay and continue to show love to all those people who surround you each and every day.

“Love your neighbor” is a phrase that ends this section.  We must realize that our noisy next door neighbor deserves love as much as the neighbors we like.  The people we work with are neighbors.  Our employees are neighbors. Our vendors are our neighbors.  They deserve respect, honor and love.

As we finish out this chapter, Paul talks about the way we live.  As business owners we know that people look to us as an example, especially when they know we are Christians.

Paul reminds us what it is like to work in darkness, then tells us to put on the armor of light.  We should clothe ourselves with Christ and not focus on how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

The masses are drawn to the flesh and flashy riches.  They love to see the Lamborghinis, Yachts, and rolls of Benjamins, yet what do those really represent?

It discounts people to serve money rather money serving people.  It doesn’t show how much we care for others.  It does not show how important people are to God. In our business, let’s step up and highlight people.  We can show them the love that God created for them.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

business potential purposeBusiness Bible verse wisdom: People want to find their purpose.

Let’s look at Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

As business owners we are specifically positioned to help others find their purpose.  Outside of parents, the only role that is more important is that of a teacher.  Yet, in reality that is what we are as leaders in our business.  We are teaching people about a solution we have in our business.  We are teaching people about their role in our business.  We are helping people develop and become the person God created them to be.

God plants a seed of purpose inside each of us.  Then God uses people and situations to water and care for that seed so that it may grow.  Each person you talk to becomes a seed that needs your care. As a business owner, you have the responsibility to care for all the seeds that God puts in your life.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

Pray that God will confirm your purpose in your business.  Go back to the reason…the why…you started in business.  Why did God draw you into this business?

Find one person in your business that you believe has good potential.  Encourage them this week and water their seed of purpose.

Take the next step and select one person to mentor.  Create a specific time outside of business hours.  It could just be one evening or one morning a week.  Lead this person in understanding the Bible and help them find their purpose. (If you are a free faith member, you have Bible Study resources to help you in this process.)

 

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peoplewantnoticedBusiness Bible verse wisdom: People want to be noticed and they deserve respect.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “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.”

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

As business owners we must realize our impact on others.  The world is craving someone to notice them.  One little moment of respect from you can make a difference in someone’s life for months.  We have the opportunity to change lives because the God who created the universe sent His Son for us.  And, He has given us the message to bring others to Him.

Reconciliation means to bring together.  We bring together the power of God into the lives of those whom we touch.  We have the power of God to help others make their lives better when we take time to notice others and show them the value they have as a child of God.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Write down a list of every person you come in contact with every week.  Think about the janitorial staff, mail carriers, neighbors, etc.  Evaluate how well you have showed this person the mission of love and respect God gave us.
  • Take some time to think deeply about anyone who needs your forgiveness.  If you are harboring bitterness or holding a grudge you are only hurting yourself and your relationship with God.  Don’t let that get root in your life; release it to God.
  • Find one person who needs a special touch from God and go out of your way to encourage them this week.  Send a hand written note, encouraging email, share a video with them on social media

 

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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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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

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Hebrews is a book written to God’s chosen people.  It has some powerful wisdom for our world today.  We start by talking about a Sabbath rest for God’s people.

We understand that God’s promises have stood since the creation of the World.  One of those promises is a Sabbath rest for His people. It’s hard for those of us not born as Jews to understand the intensity with which a Sabbath is performed.

Sabbath comes from the word “Sabbat” which means “to stop or rest from work.”  Some Jewish doctrine even limited the amount of steps someone is allowed to take on a Sabbath day and others wouldn’t even allow lights to be lit.

So, what is a Sabbath rest?  A Sabbath rest is when all the work is done and no more work needs to be done.  Jesus became our Sabbath rest at the cross.  He died to complete the law and bring reconciliation to all people to God.

In verse 12, we are reminded that God’s word stand true throughout our lives.  We are told that God’s word is so powerful it even divides our whole being.  It takes our emotions, thoughts, and attitudes and lines them up with all of creation.

God wants His people reconciled with Him.  He sent Christ along with all the promises found in scripture that point to Him being the completion of our salvation.  We are reminded that Christ is the High Priest and the last one that is ever needed.  We are allowed to approach the throne of grace with confidence.

As business owners, we can get sidetracked by being busy that we forget two powerful concepts found in Hebrews 4.  Number one, we all need rest.  If God rested on the seventh day, He did so only so we can have His example of how we should live our lives.

Second, the Word of God is something that is powerful in our lives.  Everything that God wanted to tell us is between the pages of these words.  In these words we find who we are and who God wants us to be in this world.

There is a fallen world that does not know about the power of Jesus Christ living in their lives.   There are hurting people that do not understand the reconciliation we have with Christ at the cross as our high priest.  It is our duty to tell the world about what Christ has done so the whole world can rest in God’s presence.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

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