|15 Essential Biblical Texts
So, what does the Bible have to do with business?
Only everything, if you’re doing it right.
If you’ve struggled with your business, or even if you have found financial success in your business but find yourself struggling with nagging doubts …
… as if something is missing, or just not quite right …
Chances are, you would benefit from a re-grounding of sorts. Because, within the pages of God’s word are the keys to not only financial riches but fulfillment that goes beyond any balance sheet or baubles of success.
Are you giving credit where it’s due, including appropriate compensation?
Are you working enough? Too much?
Are you truly using the gifts you’ve been given to fulfill your destiny as God intended?
Those are questions only you and God can answer, but the Bible itself can lead you in the right direction … as always!
There are nuggets of success-driving wisdom sprinkled throughout the Good Book, but these 25 Bible verses about business will give you plenty to think about — and work on — and leave you hungry for more.
1 Timothy 5:18
For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”[a] and “The worker deserves his wages.
Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded.
Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank.
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
4. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.
Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
his upper rooms by injustice,
making his own people work for nothing,
not paying them for their labor.
If I have denied justice to any of my servants,
whether male or female,
when they had a grievance against me,
what will I do when God confronts me?
What will I answer when called to account?
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and whoever protects their master will be honored.
Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than the rich whose ways are perverse.
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
1 Peter 4:10-11
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.