Updated: Jun 24, 2021
Business networking is a valuable way to tell others about your business, get new clients, develop your knowledge, and gain knowledge from the other's success.
Throughout the Bible, the followers of Jesus spread the Gospel rapidly because of the help of people along the way. Their message "multiplied" in the hearts of new disciples who flocked to Yeshua.
Similarly, many successful Christian business owners achieve success because of the help they receive along their entrepreneurial journey. A strong network of professionals (especially Christian business owners) helps you accomplish things you couldn't do by yourself.
That's by design - God's design. His intent is for you, His faithful servant, to let others do the talking for you. He wants to use your reputation to send you the kind of clients your competitors don't know to exist.
Business networking doubles as a socially acceptable means of spreading the Gospel as well. It provides a convenient context to build relationships with people, to the point you can smoothly and effectively share the source of your hope.
Here are 13 relevant Bible verses related to networking. Take a moment to think more seriously about how the believer fulfills these words when networking:
Most Relevant Verses
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.
"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
1 Samuel 16:22
Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.”
1 Corinthians 9:20
To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
2 John 1:12
Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, so that your joy may be made full.
Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.”
1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.