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The Bible: A Builder’s Guide to Building Your Empire.

Building an Empire is the goal of seasoned, accomplished entrepreneurs.  We are beyond the idea of just creating a nice little business and have our vision on building an empire that makes a massive contribution – not only to our bottom line but even to the world.

However, empires do fall.  The bigger they are, the harder they fall too.  So, if the goal is to build an empire, then building it to last means building it right – from the foundation all the way up.

If you are a Christian entrepreneur, then I challenge you to consider YOUR foundation.  Your empire should be built on the ROCK!  The Word of God should be your foundation to the work of your hand.  Trust me, trying times will come to test what you have built.  Even when damage happens, empires built on the Rock will still be standing versus those built on sand. (Context, Luke 6:48)

Today’s post was inspired by a verse I came across during this morning’s devotion and I felt compelled to make notes first for me, that I post publicly to share with you.

Jeremiah 22:13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.”

There is so much to celebrate as well as to heed in warning, packed into this verse.  This post will be inadequate to convey all I see, but this will hopefully get you thinking.

First, as a Christian entrepreneur, a Marketplace Leader, I hope you can agree with me that the Bible is a relevant, practical guide for success.  If you didn’t before, I hope you will consider that going forward and dive in with fresh eyes.  I came to that conclusion as I read the Bible for business guidance, and I share many of those nuggets with you in my book The Bible on Business, and I help you find your business glasses through my online course, Leadership Secrets from the Bible. No Guru Needed.

Jeremiah 22:13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.”

  •  The warning is not set to stop us from building a palace, but from building it by unrighteousness.  Build your palace by all means, but build it in righteousness.

A palace is typically associated with a royal leader.  This is the identity every Christian entrepreneur should hold, as well as the sense of deserving to be in this spot.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

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Embrace the identity of royalty.  Too many of us have bought into a broken concept of prosperity, deserving, and belief system.

The next portion of the verse speaks directly to a Human Resource issue that begs discussion in further detail later.

  • Let me briefly say, I think that Christian entrepreneurs should have a goal to create income opportunities for others, not just themselves.
  • These income opportunities should even have a preferential opportunity for our ‘own people’, and
  • we should pay them fairly.

Providing opportunities for our own people is the national cry here in the USA.  It should start in families, towns, cities, states, and then also at the national level.  Outsiders are fine, but why not start at home?  What father thinks to care for outsiders before his own children?  What nation should provider for aliens before its own nationals?

Christian entrepreneurs would do well to take this suggestion seriously and when possible, hire from their ‘own people’.  Yes, vet your applicants for the appropriate skill sets necessary. Beyond that,the faithful Christian who lives by the code of Biblical conduct should be an ethical, productive employee. The Bible records that Joseph proved to be very valuable to Potiphar & Pharoah, Daniel to the Kings he served, and Jacob to Laban.  If you want to run your business on Biblical principles, it stands to reason that ‘your own’ would be those who understand the vision and embrace that culture of the organization.

Jeremiah 22:13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.”

“making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.”

There is a sad assumption that being Christian means we should be willing to work for free as if we do not have bills, and needs.  Ministry and serving used to be a noble goal, and Priest the most highly respected – but today, there are more closet Christians hiding their faith in fear of being ridiculed, fired or mistreated.

1 Timothy 5:18 “For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

Also, Colossians 4:1 “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.”

These additional verses were mentioned in support of the focused verse of this study.  Paying your own and paying them fairly is the hallmark of a good employer.  Jobs that pay well attract and retain the best employees.  If your goal is to grow into an empire then you will need good support along the way.

Unless your plan is to stay small as a sole entrepreneur, hanging on the left side of the Kiyosaki quadrant, then you will need others if your plan is to build your empire.

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Take the warning in this verse to heart, because if you read the whole chapter of Jeremiah 22 where the context comes from, you know that God was very angry, and in the NIV Bible translation, this chapter falls under the headline: Judgement Against Wicked Kings.

 

I take that job seriously, and I intend to hear, “good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21) at the end of my tenure, instead of “wicked lazy servant”, (Matthew 15:26).  What about you?

 

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