Sunday, March 10, 2013

Partnership in Business


We have so far discussed the definition of business, if a Christian should be in business, the prerequisites for business venture and guidelines for successful business enterprises. We now wish to emphasize one aspect of Christian business – it is that every Christian business is a partnership – the Senior Partner being God Himself. If we all agree that God is our partner in our businesses, then this introduces a new dimension to business deals and dealings.

In every partnership no partner takes a decision without consultation or reference to the other partner. 

Establish a trust relationship with your Partner and consult with Him regularly

In every partnership, there is an agreed principle for sharing profits and or loss when it occurs. 

Let us take note of the source of the profit in this partnership.  Deuteronomy 8:17-19:
”Then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish”
Give God His own share of the profits in paying your tithes and offering without fail. Malachi 3:8-12: 
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?” In tithes and offerings; You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.  “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts; And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts. 
Why should we pay tithes? It is not because God will be poorer without it (Psalms 50:10; 12). It is not because God is in need of money (Haggai 2:8). It is because God owns us – He created us, He redeemed us and He sustains us (Isaiah 43:1).  When we pay our tithes and our offerings to God, we are:

(a) Telling God that He is Sovereign and that He owns us and all that we have (Deuteronomy  8:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

(b) Expressing our appreciation and acknowledging His redeeming grace (Ephesians 2:8-10)

(c)  Subjecting our lives and talents to Him and giving Him our all as the Senior Partner (Romans 12:1-20)

Tithing is a form of worship. Remember James 1:17. If God owns me and all that I have, then it is not me giving Him, it is He giving me.

Note three things about failing to tithe:
1. You are guilty of robbing God
2. You are subjected to a curse
3. You are denied the right of the blessings of God

Can a Christian Business suffer loss? 

Yes. There is no 100% guarantee against losses. There are a few factors to watch out for:

(a) Do not take irrational and autonomous decisions without first seeking God’s will (James 4:13-14)

(b) Be familiar with prevailing laws – Government regulations, market demands, strength of competitors; policies etc.

(c) Before you do business with someone else whether a Christian or non-Christian be sure you know him well; more especially if he is not a Christian. Don’t base your choice of business partners on sentiment or your possible immediate gain. A wrong choice will ruin your business.

(e)  Spend many hours with God, seeking His face and determine to glorify Him through your business

God bless you all.

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