Products: God’s Purposes for Business – Part I

What are God’s purposes for business? And perhaps, more importantly, why should you care?

I’ll answer the last question first. If you’re a Christian business owner or leader, you can be confident that when you align your business with God’s purposes, you will glorify God through your business. Would you like to use your business for Jesus Christ? If so, it starts by aligning your business with His purposes.

I believe there are five purposes for business. The first is this:

Business exists to provide a means to produce goods and services that allows the local community to flourish.

In Genesis, we learn that the Lord blessed Adam and Eve by commanding them to “be fruitful and multiply”.

The Hebrew word for “fruitful” is the common word we translate as “fruit”, but also carries with it the idea of “increase” or “flourishing”. When a plant bears fruit, it is said to be “flourishing” or “producing”. By analogy, when we walk in the Spirit and increase our intimacy with God, Galatians tells us, our lives will produce fruit that is in keeping with the Spirit.

In business parlance, bearing fruit is equivalent to being “productive”. When we are productive, we add value to the lives of our customers, partners, vendors and employees, in short, we add value to our community. As a result, our community flourishes.

This purpose can be perverted. If we build businesses that add value to sinful activities, we will be contributing to the diminishment of our communities. For example, if we form a business that helps people gamble away their money, we are using our talents to injure individuals, families and more generally, communities.

Business exists to provide a means to produce goods and services that allows the local community to flourish.

Do our businesses align with this purpose? Answer this question honestly and you will have a proper context in which to measure true success and avoid the temptations to sin that so many business leaders and owners fall into.

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