(Proverbs 27:23 KJV) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
Not all of us can be shepherds. Most of us would not want to be. The same can be said about being farmers. Most of the people in Solomon’s time were one or the other. This is some advice using illustrations from the every day lives of his people.
The Bible has a lot of hints about how to be a Christian businessman. The range goes from treating you employees well to integrity. Here we are told to be hands-on. This was a literal application in the times of Solomon. We have all heard this applied in terms of the Good Shepherd and Psalm 23. To us today it has more figurative applications.
Pay attention to the parts of your life that provide your financial support. Even if you are only an employee, you have a vested interest in your job making a real contribution to the bottom line. If the business is not successful, you may be out of a job, customers may end up suffering and the entire community may be worse off.
So? Pay attention to the what you do, even if you are only counting beans. You may find a rock in the beans and save someone a trip to the dentist.