Why this is the best business guide
With a plethora of leadership and business resources, it might be difficult to discern the best tools for your organization. For me, the best business book I have ever read is—the Bible.
Yes, you read that correctly.
While the Bible is an old book, it’s the best book on business.
Not only does the Bible present the story of God, His creation, His Son and how to live out our lives in relationship to Him. The Bible also gives us clear direction on how to do business.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about business:
1. Avoid laziness.
Laziness and slacking off at work can be a major problem. And this business problem is one the Bible addresses. In Proverbs 10:4, the Bible tells us, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
Instead of being lazy, be diligent. Put forth hard work and do your best.
2. Save for the future.
Far too many businesses are running in the red. They have no margin for error. Why? Because they haven’t put away money and saved for a rainy day. Instead, they believe someone will be there to bail them out.
This is not how a biblical business runs. Rather, we see in Proverbs 21:20 that the wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.
When you turn a profit, don’t spend all it. Save for the future.
3. Flee from debt.
Besides saving for the future, the Bible also tells us to flee from debt. Proverbs 22:7 says, “…the borrower is a slave to the lender.” Proverbs 6:1-5 tells us to be like a gazelle and free ourselves from bad financial decisions.
Businesses which carry debt can’t be as nimble as a business that is debt free. Businesses in debt have to answer to the lender.
There is freedom in fleeing from debt as a business.
4. Seek the truth.
“Buy the truth and do not sell it—wisdom, instruction and insight as well,” is what Proverbs 23:23 tells us to do. The truth is vital to your business success.
When people no longer trust you, you will see business slip away. Seek truth in all you do.
5. Surround yourself with wisdom.
Psalm 1:1 states, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers…” Businesses need to be wise in who they walk with.
Great businesses know they can’t surround themselves with wickedness and folly. Rather, they do what Proverbs 15:22 tells them to do: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Avoid foolishness. Find wise people and surround your business with these wise men and women.
6. Create good business relationships.
Much like surrounding yourself with wisdom, you need to form solid business relationships. Find people you can partner with and mutually benefit one another.
First Kings 10:15 says: “besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.”
We can see the biblical business principle of creating good business relationships here. Solomon had good business relationships with those he did business with.
Be like Solomon. Create good business relationships.
Why the Bible isthe best business book you’ll ever read
These are but a few of the business principles you’ll find in the Bible. Read the Bible, and you’ll discover even more business principles.
Because of the wealth of knowledge a person can find in the Bible, I believe the Bible may be the best business book ever written.
From Proverbs to Psalms to Jesus’ life story in the Gospels, business lessons abound in the Bible. Dig deep into the Word of God and you’ll see for yourself. The Bible is the best business book ever.
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Joseph Lalonde is an award-winning leadership blogger and hosted the Answers From Leadership podcast. He desires to see 20-somethings step into their God-ordained roles as leaders. Previously, on the E3 staff and currently serving in the Catalyst youth ministry of Gateway Church, Joseph has mentored many students and has seen their lives changed through this teaching. His mission is to help equip leaders with the knowledge and information to boost their leadership to the next level.
This article was first published on JMLalonde.com. Used with permission.
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