What it Really Costs to Run a Business

God has endowed us with five assets — Five Capitals — all with profound, underlying biblical principles:

  • Spiritual: your relationship and connection with God. (Matthew 22:36-38)
  • Relational: relationships, family, friends, and connection with others. (Matthew 22:39)
  • Physical: vitality, energy, health, and time. (Romans 12:1)
  • Intellectual: ideas, insights, knowledge, expertise, and intelligence. (Proverbs 22:29, Romans 12:2)
  • Financial: money, dollars and cents, and assets. (Proverbs 21:5, Matthew 6:24)

The above capitals can also be referred to as ‘gifts’ or ‘talents’. As a business owner, it’s important to steward the gifts and talents God has given you. Put practices in place at your company in order to steward your resources well; whether it be time, finances, maintaining healthy relationships, or other ways you can structure the company culture in a way that honors and cares for your employees well.

If you are leading a company, it’s easy to see how financial capital comes into play every day. You have four other capitals you can sow and reap too. God entrusts you with many resources to use them for His glory and the building of His Kingdom.

Consider taking a broader view of your Five Capitals. What would it look like for you to manage your five capitals intentionally? How would you order your five capitals?

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