I am writing this post primarily for all of the professionals, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs out there (homemakers, please read on: this is for you too). Business is a daily grind and if you are like me, you know that it is much easier to envision your success than it is to actually succeed. In the same manner, it’s probably easier to draw a blue print for a building than it is to build it. I second that by saying that if you are trying to ‘build’ Rome, rest assured that Rome is not already built–it takes a lot of work, time, and other resources to get there. But if you’re confident in your ability to achieve your vision, and you work hard (never giving up), you can succeed.
That said, there are things we can do to make our journey in business much easier. More specifically, we can learn from those that are already doing or have done what we want to do. In a nut shell, I am referring to benchmarking. That is simply the process of identifying someone out there who has achieved what you want to achieve, and doing what they did to get there. Benchmarking is a common business practice and most companies benchmark other organizations as a means to achieve success. Benchmarking industry leaders is a great way to learn and grow your business, and it should not be skimped upon. However, aside from fast-following other businesses, I have another suggestion. Why not benchmark the perfect business model? And what is that? It is God’s business!
The word ‘business’ is listed about 29 times in the King James Version of the Bible. God’s business has everything to do with advancing His Kingdom. Consider this example:
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
The above scripture refers to a time when Jesus was twelve and disappeared in the marketplace while his parents searched for Him. He was off teaching in the temple and fulfilling God’s plan, or tending to His business.
Here is another reference to the word ‘business’:
1Chronicles 26:30 And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.
There are countless other references to ‘business’ that I will not list here. But it should be evident by now that business is of God.
Be Good Stewards
We need to be aware that first and foremost, we are stewards of all that God gives us as described in the parable of the talents (See KJV Matthew 25:14-30). Also, in the proceeding verse God gives us the ability to get what we have:
Deuteronomy 8:18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
There are a few questions we need to ask ourselves:
- Are we recognizing God as our primary supplier of all that we have?
- Are we managing the resources He gives us wisely and efficiently?
- Are we growing the resources?
- Are we doing good works with them and helping others?
- Are we managing our lives, households, and families effectively with the resources?
If not, we should.
I personally believe God lends us what we have and He expects a ‘profit’ upon His return. God is ALL about profit, as evidenced in the book of Isaiah:
Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Here’s some good news based on the verse above: If we are following His business model, we shall certainly profit! So how do we find and follow God’s business model? It’s in His word…a free roadmap to a sure profit. To see some great examples, be sure to check out these 250 Bible verses about money from Christian Personal Finance: http://christianpf.com/money-in-the-bible/
Finally, whether you work at the office, at home, or you’re a homemaker, you should handle your business the way God handles His. Be a good leader. Be a good manager. Be a good supporter. Be a good steward. Do so, and expect Him to give you MORE in return for your faithfulness!
Believing for your abundance and overflow,