Do you know that God’s word is the most reliable foundation on which to build your business?
In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes. In this post, we will use the word of God to show you 5 reliable steps to take in order to lay a strong, solid foundation for your business.
We will also share business scriptures with you about biblical principles of business.
The Bible is the word of God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God gave us His word to inspire, teach, discipline, comfort and guide us in our daily lives and business.
The topics we will cover include:
- Put God first and seek His counsel
- Write what God says and do it
- Think about the customer’s needs, not money
- Build on solid rock
- Focus on what is eternal
First let us explain that foundation means the base on which a building or structure is built. A foundation is a firm, strong, reliable structure. It is the starting point for creating something.
In this post we will be talking about the foundation of your business.
You may have a business idea or concept that you have dreamed of for a very long time. It may have even been since you were a child.
If you are sure that it is God’s will for you to own your own business, this post is for you. Bear in mind that not everyone may be called to have a business.
The scripture says in 1 Corinthians 12:11 that the Holy Spirit is the one who decides which gift each of God’s children should have. And in Romans 12:6-8 it says that we are to use our different gifts according to the grace that God has given us. So let’s get started.
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Put God First and Seek His Counsel
One very important biblical principle for you as a Christian is to always obey, honor and above all else make our Lord the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit the first and primary focus of your life.
In other words, they must be first before all else and all others so that your Christian walk can be successful. The same is true for your business. This is the first step on how to lay a strong, solid biblical foundation for your business.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:31-33,
This means put God first. Once you do this, study and meditate on His word always, and do what He tells you, you will receive ideas from His word that will make you prosper in what you do.
You might say, “What? Ideas from the word of God?”
Yes, from the word of God.
Here is what God told Joshua who was the leader of the Israelites and the then commander their army. God said to him,
That is the key to prosperity. That is where true success comes from. Put God and His word first in everything you do.
So how do you put this biblical principle of putting God first in your business into practice.
You can find the answer in Proverbs 3:5-7:
Always remember that God is your creator. Everything you have belongs to Him. You are just the manager of His things, whether it is a business or something else.
Give God the honor due to Him and always put Him first in every aspect of your life and business.
One vital action you should take while putting God first is to seek His counsel.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this. You will benefit a lot if you apply it to your business.
God said to Prophet Jeremiah:
And Philippians 4:6-7 says:
In Luke 11:9-10 Jesus said:
These scriptures are telling you to talk to God about what you need. It does not matter what it is, pray about it.
As it relates to building a business this is very important. Be specific with Him, after all He already knows your thoughts. This is what 1 John 5:14-15 says,
There is nothing too hard for God to do. Do not be afraid to ask Him anything, just remember when you talk to Him, do it with a thankful and grateful heart.
Prayer is simply speaking with God. Each believer may have their own special way of talking to and with the Lord, and hearing and listening to the Lord. This comes from the relationship that you have developed with the Him.
A mother knows her child’s voice, a husband knows his wife’s voice. They have unique ways of communicating with each other. So it is with you and God.
So when it comes to laying a solid foundation for your business, don’t forget to start by putting God first and praying and seeking Him about it. It is a crucial step before you do anything else.
Write What God Says and Do It
The the second trusted step you need to take to lay a strong solid foundation for your business is listening to what the Lord tells you about the business and other things, writing it down and doing it.
When you talk to God, He will hear you and answer you. The question is, are you listening?
Practice listening to God when you communicate with Him. By that we mean, take time to wait and listen. Don’t be in a rush and don’t expect Him to answer the way you want or the time you want.
Our Father loves spending time communicating with you, don’t miss out on this special time with Him.
At the end of the day what David said in Psalms 73:24 will occur:
When you hear God speak to you, write it down and implement it. If you are unsure whether it is the Lord speaking to you or not, ask Him for scriptures that would confirm what you heard. He will give you. The Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2,
There are numerous ways God can speak to you. They include these four primary ways below but He is not limited to them:
- Through His Word
- Through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ
- Through the Holy Spirit
- Through other Christians
God can use one or more of these ways to talk to you concerning your request for Him to help you build your business that is based on Biblical principles.
He can also use other ways such as, your circumstances, events happening around you, things you hear on the radio or see on the television and much more. Be sure to confirm what you hear through the scripture, write it down and do it.
Think About the Customer’s Needs, Not Money
The third reliable step you need to take to lay a biblical foundation for your business is to think about the needs of your potential customers, not the money you will earn.
You may have a journal with notes, dreams and plans written down about your business. You may have already created a business plan. These are all good, and for the most part, God may have put those ideas in you.
But have you thought about your ideal customer and what they need? Or, are you just thinking about how much money you can make?
Do you know that it is biblical to have a picture in your mind about who your ideal customer will be? Yes it is scriptural.
First you want to write down the qualities of your ideal customer and then create everything about your business around that customer. Let us look at what the Bible says about this.
To do this, let us start at the point of creation. God our Father in heaven had us in mind when He created the universe.
But before He created human beings, He prepared a place for us to live and do what He wanted us to do. That place is the earth.
God had plans revolving around us as humans for an expected end goal. So, He first spoke light into being and separated darkness from light.
Then over five days He commanded many things into being, including plants, fruit, sun, moon, stars, birds, animals, fishes and other sea creatures. (See Genesis 1:1-25).
Here is what happened in verses 26-31,
26. “Then God said, ‘And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.’
27. So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female,
28. blessed them, and said, ‘Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.
29. I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat;
30. but for all the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food’ — and it was done.
31. God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came — that was the sixth day.” (GNB).
So you can see that God prepared everything that man needed before He created man. He thought about humans first and what we would need to exist and carry out the plans and purposes He had for us.
In the same way, you must think of your customers first and prepare what they need. This is a sure solid foundational step for the success of your business.
Your business is to serve people. As you provide them with what they need, then the money will come.
Here are some other Bible scriptures to help you to think about the customer’s needs.
Philippians 2:3-4 says,
And 1 John 3:18 says this,
In Luke 6:31 the Bible says it this way,
Jesus Christ demonstrated the same act of putting the human race first when He chose to come down from His throne in heaven to die to redeem and save mankind from their sins.
Mark 10:45 has this to say,
And John 3:16 says,
It is important to think about people and their needs when laying the foundation for your business. This is the example that God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son gave us to follow. All other things will fall into place, including the money, when you follow their example.
Build on Solid Rock
Build your business on the only solid rock there is, that is, Christ Jesus. This is the fourth crucial step you need to take to lay a biblical foundation for your business.
In Luke 6:47-49 Jesus said this,
Jesus is saying here that in whatever you are doing, you must listen to Him and obey Him so that you can build on Him as the foundation. In this way, when problems arise, what you have built will not shake, crash or be washed away because it was built on Him.
Apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 when He was talking to the church in Corinth about working together for God as partners:
Paul was making it clear that the only foundation God has laid for us to build on is Christ Jesus. Nothing else will stand. Nothing else will work.
This is the way God ordained it to be from beginning, and it will continue to be like that for eternity.
1 Peter 2:4-7 and Matthew 21:42 make it clear that Jesus is the rock, the keystone or cornerstone on which all things are built.
You cannot build a successful business unless its foundation is Jesus Christ who is the solid rock.
So, think of your target customer and what they need. And make sure Jesus is the foundation of the business.
Focus on What is Eternal
It is important when you are laying a solid foundation for your business that you fix your eyes and heart on those things that are eternal.
Because where your treasure is, that is where you will fix your heart and attention.
This is the fifth secure step on how to lay a strong, solid foundation for your business.
You may consider your business as a very valuable thing to you, but remember that it is God who has given you all the resources, knowledge, skills and money to build and operate your business.
Your business is temporary and will pass away like everything else in this world, but your soul will live forever. What happens to your soul in eternity is much more important to God than anything else.
Consider these 2 scriptures:
2 Corinthians 4:18,
And Matthew 16:26,
Your heart must always stay fixed on the Kingdom of God and what He wants you to do with things He blesses you with.
Build and run your business, but do not lose focus on what is eternal.
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From the 5 reliable steps we have outlined above, we hope that you can see the value of laying a strong biblical foundation for your business as long as you are sure that God has given you the gift and grace to start your own business.
These 5 steps are the best ways to make sure that your business will be able to stand against any interruptions, issues, or setbacks.
Remember the sure foundation is Jesus Christ and no other. Colossians 2:3 says this about Jesus,
So, you put yourself in a win-win situation when you,
- put God first and seek His counsel
- write down what you hear from God and do it
- think about the customer’s needs, not money
- build on Jesus Christ the solid rock
- fix your eyes and heart on what is eternal
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