Entrepreneurship is expressing what God buried in you before you were created. Successful entrepreneurs stir up their gifts and talents, draw from their experiences, and act out their beliefs. Succeeding as an entrepreneur is not an accident but a divinely orchestrated plan.
The greatest pillar of success is obedience, obeying God’s word. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”Joshua 1:8
Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher Oswald Chambers wrote this,
“It is impossible to live the life of a disciple
without definite times of secret prayer.
You will find that the place to enter in
is in your business, as you walk along
the streets, in the ordinary ways of life,
when no one dreams you are praying,
and the reward comes openly, a revival here,
a blessing there.” - Oswald Chambers
Entrepreneurs who incorporate Biblical principles in their businesses enjoy great success.
In this article I will share five of those principles that have fueled astronomical business successes for people who integrated them in their businesses.
- Practice the Law of Harvest (Sowing and Reaping)
John D Rockefeller one the wealthiest men who ever lived is quoted saying, “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.” He believed in the law of harvest.
The law of sowing and reaping works when you honor God and sow generously from the produce of your land, your income – profits, salaries and wages. Faithful men and women who obeyed God’s word and honored this principle in history have amassed fortunes.
This law is captured in the following scripture, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
- Put people First
The second principle for business success, is putting people first. People should come before profit. Organizations that practice honest corporate social responsibility win the hearts of people in their communities, nations and globally.
When you put people first you will treat your employees with respect and dignity, all businesses that mind their employee’s welfare become industry pacesetters in their fields. When employees know that they are respected and honored, they will go out of their way to invest their energies, skills, and talents to grow an organization
The Bible exhorts every business leader to grow their business by, “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
- Have a clear Vision
Having a vision and mission statement is not an idea birthed in corporate boardrooms. It is a business principle that was recorded long before multinationals existed.
“Then the Lord replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” Habakkuk 2:2
Having a clearly written vision about your business that spells out a well-defined mission for the business is the first building block for starting a successful entrepreneurship venture.
- Have the end in mind
Architects, structural engineers, designers and most creatives always start with the end in mind. It is not by chance that they do so. God, the chief architect of the universe said before the beginning of time.
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:10 NIV
Visualize where you expect your business to be in 20, 30, 40, 100 years from now, businesses that were started with the end in mind, still flourish today long after their vision bearers are gone, Cadbury, Horlicks, Bacardi, Colgate-Palmolive, Hilton are just but a few names that have outlived their founders and still bear the founder’s name.
- Do not limit your dreams
Entrepreneurs who allowed their visions to outgrow their dreams, have built businesses that have long surpassed their individual capabilities. God, the creator of the universe has plans for everyone and would love to see those plans accomplished in everyone's life.
He says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
When you allow God’s plans to roll out in your life, your dreams regardless of how impossible they look on the surface become valid. You can achieve the impossible. Your entrepreneurial journey is only limited by the extent of your dreams.
These business principles drawn from the bible have been the galvanizing force behind hundred’s probably thousands of businesses in the world. Business people who honored God, obeyed his word and incorporated Godly principles in their businesses have amazing testimonies of success.
Do you want to see astronomical business growth in your entrepreneurship? Read the second part of this article in which I will elaborate more biblical principles that have sustained businesses through antiquity.