27 Bible Commands for Business Success


proverbs-31-womanThis weekend I enjoyed a conference dedicated to the Proverbs 31 business woman, hosted by Betty Umstead, a National Director for 5 Linx and an educational consultant to independent schools.  It inspired me to gather in one place these business commands from my big project of collecting God’s guidance for how we live together as God’s family.

(FYI: I’ve gathered more than 1,550 commands from the Old and New Testaments so far.)

When I read these commands, part of my delight is seeing God’s interest in jobs done by people who may not realize their work is part of God’s purpose:

    • Departments of weights and measures, who make sure all use an honest gallon and pound. We stopped at a highway gas stop a while back where the huge sign advertised a much-discounted price only to find that our gas tank was able, somehow, to take more “gallons” than its capacity. Then we noticed that the pump lacked the seal of the Commissioner of Weights and Measures. Not long after, the gas stop went out of business.
    • Building inspectors, who establish and maintain safety standards for homes and public facilities. During 1992’s Category 5 Hurricane Andrew, the few houses that survived in the worst-hit zone were those constructed by Habitat for Humanity. The Christian ministry had constructed all of its properties to code.
    • Surveyors, who determine property boundaries. Their quality work helps avoid conflict among neighbors and enemies alike.
    • Business consultants, whose even-handed advice sows wisdom into the community.

    • Lenders, who make it possible for people who have less to get a start in business or to get through a difficult time.
    • Employers, who help others avoid idleness and earn income that may be shared with those in greater need.

God calls us to purpose in what we do every day. Live your purpose in your business today.

Honor God in Your Business

  1. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col. 3:24)

Be Honest in Business

  1. Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. (Exodus 23:2)
  2. Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. (Leviticus 19:13)
  3. Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. (Leviticus 19:11)
  4. Do not have two differing weights in your bag — one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house — one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly. (Deuteronomy 25:13-14)
  5. Do not use dishonest standards when measuring weight, length, or quantity. (Leviticus 19:35)
  6. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt. (Leviticus 19:36 )
  7. Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD. [The traditional Jewish interpretation is that business and legal consultants should not take advantage of the ignorance of those they advise.] (Leviticus 19:14 )

Do Something Useful

  1. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. (Eph. 4:28)
  2. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you wil not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thess. 4: 11-12)
  3. In the name of Jesus Christ, we command you brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us … For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat. (2 Thess 3: 6, 10)
  4. We hear that some people among you are idle … Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. (2 Thess. 3: 11-12)

Be Content with Your Pay

  1. Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay. (Luke 3:14)

Respect People’s Needs

  1. If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married. (Deuteronomy 24:5)
  2. If the man is poor, do not go to sleep with his pledge in your possession. Return his cloak to him by sunset so that he may sleep in it. Then he will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 24:12-13)
  3. Do not take a pair of millstones—not even the upper one—as security for a debt, because that would be taking a man’s livelihood as security. (Deuteronomy 24:6)
  4. When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof. (Deuteronomy 22:8)
  5. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. (Deuteronomy 15:2)
  6. When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, do not go into his house to get what he is offering as a pledge. (Deuteronomy 24:10)

Don’t Take Advantage of People

  1. Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest. You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a brother Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess (Deuteronomy 23:19-20)
  2. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight. (Leviticus 19:13)
  3. Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong, he will take up their case against you. (Proverbs 23: 10-11)
  4. Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay. (Luke 3:14)

Don’t Accept Bribes or Extort Money

  1. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. (Exodus 23:8)
  2. Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay. (Luke 3:14)

Put Enterprise before Entertainment

  1. Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house. (Proverbs 24: 27)

Diversify

  1. Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. (Ecclesiastes 11:6)
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About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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