Biblical Business Brief, a weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Paying Employees.  Are your employees’ wages meeting their true needs?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Planning.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 NLT

The Bible encourages us to plan AND work hard leading us to prosperity.  Do you plan in proportion to your hard work?

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT 

We are to plan WITH the recognition that God is sovereign and has our best interest at heart.  Have you come to grips with the sovereignty of God and the free will of man in your business life?  How do you resolve the tension between planning and remaining open to God’s direction and control?

Business By The Book gives 6 Steps for business planning.

  1. Identify your core values.
  2. Create clear mission and vision statements.
  3. Establish measurable objectives.
  4. Formulate a plan for achieving your objectives.
  5. Develop a process to measure progress.
  6. Provide for accountability.

We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3 NLT

Plans + Motives + Committed Actions = Success  Is this formula working in your business?

You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 NLT 

Do you assure your plans align with the Lord’s purposes?

Bit of Wisdom

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Luke 14:28 NLT