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What Do You Know About Firstfruits in Business?


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Firstfruits, from a Corporate Perspective

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:10

Charity and philanthropy are essential parts of making our success through Work in business meaningful.

  • Charity is the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.
  • Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

The Bible calls us to share what we produce in our individual capacity and promises that when we do so, what we have given will return in multiples.

It is not a stretch to apply this responsibility for giving to the first of what a company produces and for the same results – abundance returned in multiples.

This shared responsibility to give is especially relevant because corporate structures give companies a legal identity separate from founders, owners, and leaders.

I realize some of you reading this will consider this double giving, but consider this – if you’ve created a legal structure for your business (which is essential to do), your business has a legal identity separate from you. At a minimum, consider it. 🙂

Develop your biblically-sound, business thinking like a FAITHgineer™

Take some time to think about what it means for the companies you lead as a founder, owner, or leader to honor God with its firstfruits.

  1. What does your company produce that you can give? Consider specific programs, products, and volunteer time for services.
  2. What organizations or individuals could your company serve, the service (through giving) of whom/which would specifically showcase the character of Christ? Consider marginalized groups.
  3. How could your company serve the people/organizations you’ve identified in a way most impactful for the recipient and least disruptive to ongoing operations? Said another way … what can your company do, and who can it do it for, in a way that flows with business?

Act like a FAITHgineer™

Once you’ve answered the questions above (do it expeditiously), it’s time to get into action.

Develop criteria for the types of individuals and organizations you will serve through your Work in business (developing criteria makes it easy to delegate and scale), then get to work doing.

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One Response to “What Do You Know About Firstfruits in Business?

  • Always good to take a step back and make sure you are on par with being a leader to honor God! Sometimes it’s easy to get lost and go down paths that don’t serve us. We must step back often to prevent this from happening!

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