Most of us are aware of Matthew 7:24-27, even if we don’t recognize it right away. Jesus commands us to not only listen to His teachings, but to follow them.
Build your house on a solid foundation, “like a person who builds their house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”
But to hear His teachings and not follow them, is building your house on a foundation of sand. “When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
As a Christian business owner, this same principle applies to your business as well.
Building the Right Christian Business Foundation
You will see blog post after blog post out there about building the right business foundation. Follow your passion, create a vision and strategy, invest in your leaders, etc. And I will not dispute a single one of these.
However, as a Christian business owner, your foundation needs to go deeper. Jesus does not command we listen to His teachings at home, and when we get to work, do what we want. He commands us to listen and follow…all of the time.
But, what does that foundation look like for a Christian business owner? Does that mean you have to have crosses etched into your front doors? John 3:16 framed in the waiting room lobby?
No. It means you have to use your Christian values and principles as the starting point for which you build all other business principles and practices upon.
Use Your Christian Background to Cultivate Your Leadership Style
Your experiences shape everything you do. And the values you have learned through Christ should shape how you lead your team as well. Remember, we are here to serve others – that includes your customers and vendors, but also your team as well.
Stay True to the Vision God Gave You
God gave the strength to be an entrepreneur and He gave you a vision of what you wanted your business to be. You wouldn’t be here if He didn’t. Don’t lose sight of that vision. Let God lead you to where you need to go.
You Must Have Faith
If we look at the Matthew 7: 24-27 again, we are to build our homes on a foundation of rock, not sand. But, that isn’t the end of what Jesus tells us. He says that we need to build our homes on a foundation of rock, not sand, because WHEN the storm comes, the house on a foundation of rock will not crash.
He doesn’t say to build our house on rock because then we will have no storms. There will be storms, even in your business built upon a Christian foundation.
We are promised storms, but with our faith, we are also promised that the foundation of Christ will be with us through the storms. His will prevails and because He loves us, we can TRUST this.
Continue your acts of faith within your business. Pray for your business. Pray for your employees and clients. Trust in where the Lord is leading you. And, lead with your Christian values firmly in place.