How can you operate your business for the glory of God? As a Christian business owner you may have asked yourself this many times. If you haven’t, then maybe it’s time to think about how you can apply Biblical business principles to your business.
Why would you want to do this? Well, as Christians we are called to glorify God in all we do, and that includes our businesses. The wonderful thing about business is that it opens the doors to come into contact with people you might not otherwise have the opportunity to share God with.
So in this post today I’d like to explore 5 Biblical Business Principles that will help you glorify God at work and make running your business for the glory of God a priority.
1) Praying and Seeking God’s Will for Your Business
Praying for your business is one of the most important things you can do as a Christian business owner. God wants to be glorified in everything we do. He wants us to humble ourselves and rely on Him for our strength and wisdom.
“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
If you are seeking to do business for the glory of God then this is the first step. When your business is going well and you are finding lots of success, it can be very easy to allow pride to seep in. But coming before God on a daily basis will help you to stay grounded in the truth: God is the one blessing your business and He deserves all the glory.
There are a lot of Biblical business principles that we could explore, but praying is the most important. Every other Christian business principle hinges on the lines of communication between you and God being open.
2) Tithing and Giving Back the Firstfruits of Your Business
I don’t know about you, but as a Christian business owner I wondered for a long time if I should tithe directly within my business or if I should only tithe on the income I give myself. I prayed a lot about this and finally it got through to me that if I want to run my business for the glory of God, then that includes handing over the finances to Him as well.
The Bible says that we should honor God with the firstfruits of our increase, and in turn we will be blessed with plenty:
“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10
By giving God the first (and best) from our business we are humbly submitting to His leading and displaying a trust in Him that He will provide.
Another thing to consider is that in business there are lots of financial risks and by handing over the firstfruits to God you are making the rest of your finances holy.
“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” – Romans 11:16
This allows the doors to be opened for God to protect the rest of your business finances from failures and from being stolen by agents of the enemy.
3) Being Open and Willing to Serve and Sacrifice with Your Business
When considering Biblical business principles, one thing that you may not think of is giving back in a serving capacity. Every business is different and this serving and sacrifice will look different for everyone. But essentially we should be willing and ready to sacrifice our time and resources to serve others for God.
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” – 1 Peter 4:10
How can you serve from within your business? Well, there are lots of ways. You may choose to volunteer to use your business resources and talents for a Christian ministry. Or perhaps a client is brought to you who is going through financial struggles and can’t afford to pay your usual fees. Pray about it, and ask God if you should help this person out and serve God by serving them.
These kinds of acts are such a big way that you can run your business for the glory of God. It can also make you feel good, knowing that God would use you in such a capacity to help others.
4) Displaying Christian Business Ethics in All You Do
When talking about Biblical business principles, I would hope that ethics would enter into the conversation. Because, as Christians, our ethics should be extremely important to us in all that we do. However, unlike those who don’t know God, our ethics don’t come from within, but rather from the Word of God.
The Bible has a lot to say about how we should act, even when no one else is looking. But remember, that God always sees us and we are accountable to Him first and foremost:
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12
This means that even that tiny white lie, fudging the numbers “just a little”, and cheating for the good of the business are all things we will have to face Almighty God about when we stand before Him.
One of the most important things to remember is that we are representatives of God, even in the little things. In everything we do, those around us should be able to clearly see that. These kinds of things have a big impact on those around you, even when it seems so insignificant.
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
5) Being a Witness to Those You Come Into Contact With
I don’t think it’s possible to do anything, even business, for the glory of God without witnessing to others. This is our purpose for occupying until His return.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:19-20
As Christians our #1 mission is to share God with others in all that we do. How can you do this in your business? Many Christian’s live in a state of fear when it comes to bringing up God in their business. But would God want you to hide Him from those you come into contact with?
You don’t need to hit everyone you meet over the head with your Bible. But stay in tune to the Holy Spirit and when you face the conviction to say something, don’t ignore it.
Witnessing in your business doesn’t have to be extravagant. A simple “God bless” at the end of your conversations. Or giving God the glory for a success that the business has seen. Both of these are ways you can be a witness. Even these little things show where you stand and plant seeds which someone else might come by and water:
“So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:7-9
How to Apply These Biblical Business Principles to Your Business
Breaking bad habits and creating good ones is one of the most difficult things to do. But for the sake of doing business for the glory of God, it’s worth it! Besides, don’t forget that you have God to give you the strength, encouragement, and everything you need to succeed.
It all starts with prayer. Come before Our Father in Heaven and humbly ask Him for the help and guidance to apply these Biblical business principles (and any others He leads you to) to your business.
And remember, with God all things are possible:
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26