What is success in life according to the Bible?
One of the things that I think is severely overlooked, severely lacking in today's business world is the principle of rest. I call it a principle because it comes from chapter two of scripture, way back in the beginning. When God created it, on the seventh day He rests. He looked at all that he created and he said that it was good. So, there's this principle of regular rest and a principle of the regular celebration of the things that we create. I think so many of us get so busy creating, doing, and working that we don't take time to rest. Maybe we do in the summertime, maybe we plan for that once-a-year vacation, but how often are we building in regular rest and celebration cycle at the end of every week? This is one of the key Biblical principles to grow your business.
What are Biblical Principles to Grow Your Business?
Scripture in Luke 14 talks about if any man sits down and makes plans to build a tower he doesn't just do it without first counting the cost. He figures out how much this is going to take to complete the work. The reason is that if we stop the work in the middle, it gives our neighbors, enemies, and those onlookers a chance to say negative things about the God that we serve.
So this idea of long-term goal planning, of making sure that you're thinking about things from all the different angles and then putting those plans into practice, I believe is a scriptural principle. I think there is an absolute necessity for us, not just to be thinking about this quarter or about this year, but what about 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now? Where do you see God taking you and your business and the impact that you can have in the next 10 years? In the next 20 years? What do you want to accomplish before the Lord takes you home in your business?
How can I become successful?
The third principle that I think we often overlook in business is to invest. So, invest in coaching, and invest in being mentored. This is a scriptural principle. There is verse after verse after verse in scripture that talks about listening to wise counsel. You want to go and look them up in Proverbs 20 to Proverbs 24. Just go to Bible Gateway.com and do a search there for those verses that talk about wise counsel, or counselors.
You're going to find verse after verse principle, after principle in scripture that talks about surrounding yourself with people who are wiser than you and can advise you in the decisions that God has put in your hands to make. I think that that's something that is often overlooked. We think, “Oh, I've done all the studying, I've done all the work, I've got the experience. I don't need to have anyone mentoring me.”
But, I think we all need to have somebody mentoring us there or somebody further ahead, no matter where you are in life. There's someone further ahead with more expensive more wisdom, and when you surround yourself with Godly counselors then it's even more impactful the wisdom that you can learn from.
What can the Bible teach you about business success?
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