CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Profit. What do you do to keep from forfeiting your soul as you work to make a profit so you can minister to employees, suppliers and customers?
This week we will focus on Profit Uses. What is the Biblical perspective for the use of profits?
“Profits are the normal by-product of a well-run business and should be considered as both normal and honorable. If a business cannot generate profits, it will fail, and its ministry to employees and customers will cease.” – Business By The Book
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJ
Since profits are the increase over costs, is God being honored through your profits?
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 4:1 ESV
We can substitute employers and employees for masters and slaves. The Business By The Book quote above indicates profits enable you to minister to employees. Do you keep in mind the families your profits enable you to support?
Are you educating your employees on the use of profits in your company, so they see the need for profits and are motivated to be profitable in their portion of the company’s work? (Much of the world’s education creates a distain for profit!)
Even the king milks the land for his own profit! Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness! Ecclesiastes 5:9-10 NLT
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. Philippians 2:4-6 ESV
Do your customers see your company as ministering to (meeting) their needs first, or do they see your company as it’s all about making a profit?
Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:13-16 NLT
How do you keep in focus the lordship of Christ over your profits?
Bit of Wisdom
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:26 ESV
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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