“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4
An ox is a Beast of Burden for Increasing Productivity
A man can plow a field in his own strength but he accomplishes less and it takes much longer. If he invests in an ox however, it creates another set of problems.
First of all, he must feed the ox. That requires cash flow; therefore the ox must produce more than he costs.
Secondly, the ox must be strong. That means you don’t buy an ox to direct traffic. You buy an ox to do what it is gifted at – primarily, hard labor.
Thirdly, it is a given that the ox will make a mess in your crib. He does not have management etiquette. He’s an ox and his mistakes or messes will cost you money. Nevertheless, an ox can bring much increase and the word of the Lord advises us to get an ox if we want increase.
So, what if you’re not into farming? Well, an ox is anything you can have authority over that if it functions according to its strength, will produce a profit. An ox is at its simplest form, a burden bearer. That could be an employee, contractor, or a website, etc. It is anything that will give you leverage so you can begin increasing productivity while producing more increase than it costs you.
If your ox is an employee, be prepared to deal with their messes.
If you have people working with or for you, you will have messes, but if they are functioning in their strength, you will get increase. By that I mean, if you are able to tap into their strength and keep them plowing a straight furrow (keep them focused on the job at hand), you will have increase. Period.
The same is true for websites. Websites are a tool. If used properly they can bring tremendous increase. But too many people create a website that looks nice and wonder why they aren’t getting results. It’s similar to a boy raising an ox who takes it to the 4H club on the weekends to show off its size and appearance. He brushes it daily, feeds it well, but gets no increase because he is not utilizing it for the purpose it was created.
If you don’t know what an appropriate ox for your business is, or if you have an ox of one kind or another, but are not increasing productivity like you think you should, walk with us for awhile. We may have some God solutions for you.
In the meantime, please tell me about some of the ox’s you know about that increase productivity and produce a profit for you.