When doing business, we all need to have certain skills that will allow us to succeed. As believers, we are not separated from our faith in our professional lives. In fact, our faith is a great help in business. We can count on the wisdom of God and his promises that can affect all aspects of our lives, even our business life. Here are seven tips / laws / wisdoms that we can meditate on and apply in the market place.
1. Always put God first in your life and business. Make sure that you love God more than your life and your business (or anything else, by the way!).
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:24, 33)
2. Study the word of God, get to know God’s Word and apply it to your life and business. God’s word is full of wisdom and instructions to make you succeed.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes … The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them, there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7–11)
3. God is a God of wonders. When you are praying, always expect big things from a big God.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)
4. Place more value in people than in products. Business is done between people, and God is a God for people.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
5. Give God the first pick of your profits. Giving brings great discipline and reward. Always be ready to give.
“Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9, 10)
6. Be committed to honesty and integrity. Your word and your reputation matter to God. That your yes be a yes, and your no be a no.
“The Lord demands fairness in every business.” (Proverbs 16:11 TLB)
7. Be diligent in your pursuit of business success. When you do business, be comitted and disciplined in what you undertake. Never give up but continue the hard work even after the good results.
“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Proverbs 10:4)