The world’s advice on how to handle money in business often goes against God’s principles. God is concerned about money, how we handle money. He is concerned that we do not fall into the temptation of worshiping money.
The love of Money has power of turning us away from God. Jesus knew this when he shared this scripture: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
God’s desire is, that we prosper financially, he wants us to have dominion. Money runs the world’s affairs; you cannot claim to have dominion if you do not have money. In Genesis God blessed us to be fruitful and to have dominion.
Christian Entrepreneurs have an advantage over the competition. They have access to the Bible, the greatest business manual ever written. Strive Masiyiwa the Zimbabwean Christian telecommunication magnet billionaire is quoted saying;
“My favorite business book is the bible.
If you study the bible with a view to
extracting principles on how to set up,
and manage a business effectively, you
will be absolutely amazed; it has everything.” Strive Masiyiwa
In this article I will share five more biblical money handling principles that will take your business to a whole new level.
The Principle of Generosity
The word Generosity is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as “a willingness to give help or support especially more than usual or expected” To be generous is to give. Generosity therefore is an act of giving. Giving is a natural phenomenon ordained by God.
God created everything to give. The sun gives light and warmth, the earth gives its bounty, the moon and stars give their beauty and light. Giving is an act that is supposed to come to us as naturally as breathing. Sir Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Down in Africa, in the Congo forest, the locals trap monkeys by putting a ripe banana in a guard tied to the ground with an opening large enough to allow the monkey's hand to slide through, but small enough to restrain the monkey from pulling out its closed fist. The poor monkey takes hold of the banana, refuses to let go and is caught.
That's what happens when we withhold our blessings from others. We get caught in a vicious circle of greed that eventually destroys us. Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." When we give to the poor we lend to God.
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.” Proverbs 19:17
The Principle of Investing
The Bible’s principle of investing is contrary to the world's measure of investing. The world says “hoard for yourself as much as you can.” God disagrees, He says;
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
The Biblical principle of investing is about our hearts. Are our hearts aligned with God's will? Jesus when talking about investing in God’s Kingdom said to the rich young ruler, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
God cares that we serve him with our wealth, our hearts should be on his agenda, touching and affecting the souls of men. When we make him a partner in our business he promises to prosper us. Colonel Sanders founder of KFC says this about aligning our business with God’s will:
“I still believe in the importance of charity, which means giving to God his just measure of goods he has seen fit to bestow on you in the form of material gain. When I started out in the franchise business, I didn’t know exactly what I was doing by promising God his part if he helped make my enterprise a success, but I now think that that is the reason for my success ever since.”
The Principle of Self Discipline
Self-discipline goes hand in hand with delayed gratification. The world says, “take now pay later” It’s philosophy is “take everything you need now on credit and pay later.” God disagrees, He says, “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.” Proverbs 13:11
If you are operating in God’s divine blessings, growing wealth little by little doesn’t have to be painful or strenuous. Let’s listen in to Billionaires who followed this principle to grow their wealth;
“Lots of nights I would sleep in the back of my car so I would have enough money to buy cookers the next day if someone took a franchise. - It took about two years. I made only about a nickel on every chicken that they sold. And they got three dinners out of it. But I got one nickel for the whole meal. But you’d be surprised at how fast those nickels added up… I finally got up to where I had an income of a thousand dollars a day.” - Colonel Sanders founder of KFC.
“When we started, there was no money available for us. I bought a bag of soybeans — 70 pounds for two dollars — and we literally lived on soybeans. We just didn’t have any money to spend. Everything was devoted to getting the Christian Broadcasting Network underway. My first year, total income was $8,000 for the whole enterprise. Second year it was $20,000. And now our income is in the $600 to $700 million range. So it does grow. You bet.” – Pat Robertson Founder of CBN Broadcasting Network.
The Principle of Contentment
One of the most quoted scriptures from the Bible actually talks about Contentment, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength...” is a famous scripture. The preceding verses before this scripture talk about contentment.
Philippians 4:11-12 says;
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Covetousness is the opposite of Contentment. The Wall Street mantra, “greed is good” is what drives the market economy. Greed is covetousness, a covetous mind is like a leech.
“The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!” Proverbs 30:15
Paul says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”1 Timothy 6:6-7,9
Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, said, “Contentment makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.” Do you live a life of contentment?
The Principle of God’s Blessings
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the word blessing as “God’s help and protection” God’s blessings make rich and do not add sorrow. God has blessed us with spiritual blessings. These are blessings that He bestows upon everyone who has a relationship with His son, Jesus Christ.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
God’s glory dwells in the heavenly realm. When we get saved, accept Jesus as our personal Savior, we remain on earth but are spiritually trans located into the heavenly places where we sit with Jesus and become co inheritors with him of God’s blessings as his children.
The Heavenly realm has no pain, anxiety, depression, sickness, poverty, hunger, suffering or sorrow. To the contrary it’s a realm filled with peace, joy, love, righteousness, holiness, and God’s glory. When we sit in this realm, we access God’s eternal blessings.
The Spiritual realm is the precursor of every physical thing that we see. God gives us power to call forth all spiritual blessings that we need for our lives through Jesus Christ. These blessings manifest in the physical where we partake of them. In Jesus Christ, we have access to everything that we need in this life.
George Müller 18th Century Evangelist from England, wrote;
“Through faith in the Lord Jesus alone can we obtain forgiveness of our sins, and be at peace with God; but, believing in Jesus, we become, through this very faith, the children of God; have God as our Father, and may come to Him for all the temporal and spiritual blessings which we need.”
Shrewd businessmen and women know the power of applied knowledge. The principles shared in these articles are divine knowledge, knowledge that has been tested and proven to work. If applied, they will transform both your business and personal life.