Christians in business desire to see their business endeavor flourish. And who wouldn’t? After all, the more a business prospers, the more profits you can make, and the more profits you make, the more you are able to give and bless others.
No one starts a business only to see it become a waste of time and money. God Himself didn’t create us to waste our lives with all sorts of nonsense. He created us because He wanted us to have dominion over all that He created:
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”” (Genesis 1:26)
He wanted all that He created to grow and prosper, and He gave mankind the task of allowing that to happen. God is the God of prosperity and blessing, and He desires to bless us:
“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” (Deuteronomy 28:9-14)
Wouldn’t it be great to be blessed and see your business grow? If you want that, here are a few things you should do:
1) Obey God’s word
We read in the above passage that when we walk according to God’s commands, we will be blessed. When we do what’s right in the sight of God, there’s no way that we won’t be blessed.
Doing what is right in the sight of God includes being a honest businessmen. We must not enter into lines of business or make deals that are not pleasing to God and according to His word.
2) We’ve got to give to the poor
Proverbs 19:17 tells us that when we give to and bless the poor, God will repay us for it. Why is that? It’s because “he who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.”
It’s best to do this without anybody knowing it. The Lord Jesus Himself said in Matthew 6:3-4,
“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
3) Ask God for it
Last and most importantly, if you want God to bless your business, you’ve got to ask Him to bless your busines. There’s nothing wrong with asking God to bless your endeavors. He won’t give what we ask if we ask with the wrong motives (see James 4:3), and that in itself is a blessing.
We should stop competing with other businesses and trying to make this venture about us and panelling our houses. It’s about God and His Kingdom and these are good.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)