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Starting a Business in Kenya



We have so far looked at two ways of starting a business in Kenya. The third way is found in proverbs 22. Now, as Christians, our concern in doing business should not be the profits alone, but also that in the process of business we must maintain a good testimony for the Lord.

Proverbs 22:1 says: ‘A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.’ And therefore one of the greatest challenges facing Christians who are starting a business in Kenya is the challenge of maintaining strict godly principles, without the fear of losing their business to others who seem to enjoy advantages from their use of unethical means to secure profits. Some will say, ‘It is impossible to do business without doing these things!’ But this is a misconception.

Since biblical times there have been godly people who engaged in business like trading and fishing. For instance, the apostle Paul was doing a tent-making business with his partners, Aquila and Priscilla. Acts 16 tells us about Lydia, one of the first converts at Philippi, who was doing business in a dye extracted from seashells, called purple.

Four areas of problems when starting a business in Kenya

Even though a Christian will definitely face problems starting a business in Kenya, keeping his hands clean and testimony shining, he can still succeed in business. We are going to consider now four areas of problems for Kenyan Christian businessmen, and how they should handle them, according to biblical principles;

I. Managing Funds – The Bible is not against legitimate buying on credit, or paying for something by instalments. But it speaks against being in debt. So when starting a business in Kenya, read Psalm 37:21 which tells us: ‘The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

II. Maintaining Fairness -A Christian businessman must be honest and fair with all his clients or customers. The Lord takes a serious view of any attempt to defraud or cheat others, which amounts to stealing from others. Leviticus 19:35,36 tells us ‘Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.’ Micah 6:10,11 ‘Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?’

III. Mergers and Partnerships – We need to apply the principle of 2 Corinthians 6:14 ‘Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?’ This is tricky when starting a business in Kenya, but we must follow to the letter.

IV. Magnifying God – Psalm 34:3 says ‘O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.’ And God Himself has said in 1 Samuel 2:30 ‘for them that honour Me I will honour, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.’ Remember that a Christian businessman is a steward of all the wealth that God has entrusted to him, and he must regard God as the Head and Director of his business. Hence he must be willing and ready to do whatever God has commanded him to do in His word.

Dear beloved, if you are engaged in business in the world, or you are are thinking of starting a business in Kenya, please remember to honour the Lord in it. Run your business differently from the way the world runs its business. Glorify God in your business! Ensure that you maintain a good Christian testimony, in the management of your funds, in exercising fairness with everyone, and in your business partnerships or alliances. Let Proverbs 22:1 become your company’s policy: ‘A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.’ May the Lord bless and honour you as you seek to honour Him.

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