CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on Working With Purpose – True Owner. Do your recognize God as the true owner of your company (even if it’s a stockholder corporation)?
This week we will focus on Working With Purpose – Profit. A company must make a profit if it is to continue in business.
Simply put, profit is the surplus remaining after total costs are deducted from total revenue. While it’s difficult to have every transaction make a profit, companies are considered profitable when the total income exceeds the total expenses. Being profitable is important to provide a return for owners and investors, but it is also important for employees and customers so the company can provide future employment, products / services. Do your employees and customers understand the need for profit? A good question to ask them, “To you, what is profit?” (Some people think profit is a four letter word!)
The sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear. “Which one of us,” they cry, “can live here in the presence of this all-consuming fire?” The ones who can live here are those who are honest and fair, who reject making a profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong. Isaiah 33:14-15 NLT God promised to protect the Israelites who rejected fraudulent profit making. Are you glorifying God by making a fair and honest profit? Are you experiencing His protection?
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 4:13-17 NLT
Making a fair and honest profit glorifies our Sovereign God, but we must submit to His will for our lives. Are you following God’s leading for future business profit opportunities? How do you know when to grow and when not to?
If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do. James 1:5-8 NLT Is God your constant profitability consultant as you steward His business?
Bit of Wisdom
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23 NLT
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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