Six Great Bible Verses on Productivity

Hard work and talent should be enough to guarantee productivity, but there are talented, hard-working people who do not experience the results they expect. Their efforts leave them dissatisfied, and deep within they know that there is more to life than the drudgery they endure.

Even more important than hard work is a healthy work ethic, built on the premise that the strength to work is a gift from God, to benefit the worker and also those whom the worker can help.

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Following are six Bible quotes which reveal the proper mindset of a productive person. Among other lessons which are certain to inspire productivity, they teach (in alphabetical order):

  • Accountability
  • Benevolence
  • Diligence
  • Generosity
  • Persistence
  • Wisdom


Accountability

(1) To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. – Matthew 25:29

Accountability helps those who are willing but need motivation to toe the line. It is better to be accountable and productive, than to be a self-dependent loser.

In the parable (Matthew 25: 14-30) which this verse summarizes, workers were given money to invest. Most reported 100% profit and were promoted; the one worker who reported being too cautious to try, lost his capital to the most productive. He may have thought that since he was entrusted with the money, he could do with it as he pleased.

Accountability prevents the steward from acting as though he is in total control. He is more productive using his talents for the total good than when being concerned about selfish ideas and preferences.


Benevolence

(2) Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. – Titus 3: 14

Benevolence toward the needy must have a goal—to help position them for productivity. Productive people cannot be satisfied with supplying the needs of unproductive people without helping them improve.

Practical help must follow the theory of how to live. Along with lessons on the importance of responsibility, the unskilled need to be taught skills; the unclothed need clothes to wear; and they may need bus tickets at the beginning of a work assignment. Their need provides opportunity for somebody to do a good deed, thereby promoting productivity within the family or community.

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"Ant at Work" © Leandro Gomes Moreira / São Paulo-SP (photographer) | Source

Diligence

(3) Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise. - Proverbs 6: 6 (NKJV)

“The ants are more diligent than slothful men. We may learn wisdom from the meanest insects, and be shamed by them.”1

“The habits of this insect, its diligence and providence, have in all ages made it the symbol of these two qualities.”2

Ants are exceptionally strong in comparison to their size. They use the talent of strength that they have, and accomplish phenomenal tasks in small strides. They believe in division of labor, and they pull their weight. Their system of organization makes them a threat to extensive food crops and large buildings. These are the habits which make them capable of remarkable productivity. Their wisdom and diligence make them worthy of imitation by human beings.


Generosity

(4) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. - 2 Corinthians 9:6

The law of planting and reaping is logical: few seeds produce small crops; lots of seeds produce large harvests. The principle is universal.

The farmer’s planting is a metaphor for giving and receiving in any commodity--financial investments, good deeds, labor. If productivity in labor is expected to be a generous yield, the effort must also be generous.

Generosity in the character of the individual also runs parallel to productivity in business. Adam Grant in Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success convinces readers that givers achieve more than takers who try to protect themselves from the competition by putting themselves first. He is known as a compulsive giver—practicing what he preaches. His New York Times Magazine profile states: “For Grant, helping is not the enemy of productivity . . . it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity.”


Persistence

(5) Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both. – Ecclesiastes 11:6

Gill’s Exposition on the Entire Bible interprets this verse as a mandate for the entire life span—the morning referring to youth and the evening referring to old age. “Good is to be done at all times, as opportunity offers, throughout the whole of life, and in all conditions and circumstances . . . make use of all opportunities.”3

Whether the morning and afternoon are understood as parts of a literal day or a life span as Gill suggests, the advice intends to prevent an idle period following a good start. Even if one period is unproductive and the next period brings the results, productivity is still possible. If all periods are productive, that is even better.


Wisdom

(6) Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5: 15-16

“People are very apt to complain of bad times; it were well if that stirred them more to redeem time.”4

Bad times may drive some people into becoming careless and immoral. They may waste time in frivolity, get drunk and become hateful and hurtful. Productivity would not be on their agenda.

The same bad times can cause wise people to live cautiously. This verse encourages finding opportunities for progress no matter the circumstances. Nothing should bar the vision of productivity and prosperity.

Bible quotes in this article are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.

References

1 and 2. Bible Hub: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentaries and Pulpit Commentary, Proverbs 6:6, Copyright 2004 - 2014 by Biblos.com

3. Ibid: Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, Ecclesiastes 11:6.

4. Ibid: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentaries, Ephesians 5: 16

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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Good morning MsDora,

Sometimes these things are to live by, but for sure it's the right way to live. We all need to practice these six, not just four or five. Thanks for the valuable information, and the pictures were great as well.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A great way to wake up and start my day. Scripture always seems perfect for what I need to hear.


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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi

I just happen to stubble across this hub while randomly reading a few hubs and I'm so glad I did. This is a great article and these versus are very inspirational! Thanks so much for sharing this! :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lifegate, Happy Monday to you! There is so much help for daily living in the Scriptures. Thank you for your encouraging comment.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, so glad I posted the article when I did. I also like my dose of Scripture first thing in the morning. Thank you and have a great day.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

RLS, so happy to share some inspiration with you. Hope it helps set the mood for a great day and week. Thank you for stopping by.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Very inspirational verses MsDora that we should all aspire to live by. Thank you for sharing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jodah, thanks for your affirmation. Glad to share inspiration from the Scriptures.


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ComfortB 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Awesome bible verses you've cited. Thank you for that reminder that I need to spread more seed for a more fruitful, and bountiful harvest.

Very applicable to my current situation. Voted up, useful, and shared!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Now that we are armed with these verses we have no excuses, do we? Let's go forth and be productive today!

Thanks for the inspiration my friend.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hi MsDora, Thank you for another wonderful article.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Wonderful MsDora, I particularly liked the last quote, Wisdom, because it is so true. Many people go down the wrong path because of problems, the wise do the cautious things, nell


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Fantastic and original piece, MsDora. This is soooo good, love it! I need to make a poster out of it so I can see it everyday. :-) Thank you for this helpful and spiritually based hub on work ethic and how to be productive. Voted up, useful, awesome, and sharing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Comfort, I identify with you. We have to plant the amount that matches our expectation for the harvest. Thanks for stopping by, and God bless your harvest!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Bill. What an encourager you are! I appreciate you!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, thank YOU for your support. I appreciate your kind remark.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Nell, you are attracted to wisdom because you have wisdom. Thank you for your input.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jan, I am happy that you like the article so much. You have given me a good idea. A poster would be great. Thank you!


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VictoriaSheffield 2 years ago from Georgia

This is great to read. I am in ministry and love every opportunity that I can to read something that is backed up by scripture!!


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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Thank you for sharing these verses, MsDora. I like Jan's poster idea, too! May your new year be filled with God's blessings.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

The points you make on these six verses are bound up for Christians in the conviction that all things should be done "as unto the Lord", but imagining what a different place the world would be if everyone applied the general principles to their daily living is a smile making exercise. Ending with Mathew Henry's quote about redeeming the time is a priceless jewel here. Thanks for sharing this look at important concepts related to productivity.


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KoraleeP 2 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

Excellent and inspirational Hub MsDora.

Although I love them all, my favorites are Accountability, Generosity, and Perseverance.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Excellent verses to live by. Nice work MsDora.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Excellent Hub and written with sweet simplicity. Wonderful virtues.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Wonderful! These are great things to remember whether we're working at our jobs, helping the less fortunate, or just spending time with our families.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a very well laid out article. I love the Bible verses you chose. And the ant photo is so expressive. Thanks for sharing this.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great reminder of what our lives should be all about. Keep busy doing good, giving and helping, think more about others than ourselves so we never have to worry about ourselves. ^


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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

Wise words, well said!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Victoria, it's a pleasure meeting you here on HP. Thank you for your comment. Scripture has a place in everything we do.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Annette, blessings to you also. Thank you for your input. Jan's poster idea is catching on!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

RTalloni, I really appreciate your comment. The attitude of "doing it unto the Lord" should really be at the heart of our productivity.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Koralee, thank you for your kind comment. You chose good favorites.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lambservant, I appreciate your kind comment. Blessings to you!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, I appreciate your loving support. Thank you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sheila, I totally agree. These principles are universal and should help us be productive in all our various tasks. Thank you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rebecca, glad to meet you. Thank you for your very kind remark.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

There is no better place to find inspiration than the Bible! You have chosen six wonderful scripture for us to meditate on and put into practice. As He tells us in His Word, do not merely read the Word, and so deceive yourselves, but do what it says!

Up and more and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, thank you for your input. Your comment makes a good summary.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, you're very kind. Thank you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you Faith. I appreciate your contribution.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Encouraging and uplifting, particularly as we begin a new year.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, thank you for your kind comment. Hope we can keep these principles in our minds and act on them throughout the year.


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Anita Anne Asra 2 years ago from Hyderabad

Hey MsDora, just went through this Hub and the Verses, and I think I need to get back to this once in a while for inspiration regarding many things. Great Hub!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome hub and you wrote it with such great interest. A powerful emotion and so useful to all readers.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Anita. Welcome to HubPages and to my articles. Thank you for coming to my page, and please come back as often as you like.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, DDE. I appreciate your comment.


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drmiddlebrook 2 years ago from Texas, USA

Thanks for the inspiration MsDora. Really enjoyed reading this Hub!


athurion 2 years ago

Your hub is useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

You know MsDora you always have these wonderful hubs.. at times when you want to feel good .. these types of hubs pushes you over the top.. thank you and Bless you


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Doc, glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for commenting.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Athurion, glad to meet you. Thank you for the comment and the votes!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, you made my day! It makes me happy my articles inspire. Thank you.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I especially love that Matthew quote. In modern parlance - use it or lose it! A lovely article.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

BlossomSB, well said. Thank you for your input. I appreciate you.


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Purpose Embraced 2 years ago from Jamaica

Thank you MsDora for the words of wisdom from the Bible. Wisdom is so very important for a rewarding and purposeful life.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Purpose Embraced, thank you for your encouraging comment. I appreciate you.


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whittwrites 23 months ago from the Philly area

A great Hub with a lot of good advice.


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

These are all such wonderful principles to live by. Remembering them will keep us humble, yet verily productive.


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MsDora 20 months ago from The Caribbean Author

TB, I appreciate your feedback. Thank you.


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MsDora 20 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Marlene, thanks for that wise comment. Humble and productive seem like a good description of someone who recognizes that the ability to produce comes from God.


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i had seen some of these bible verses and they do make sense in our lifestyle


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MsDora 19 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Peach, thanks for the affirmation. I appreciate you.


Pro Jamie 6 months ago

msdora powerful words there, im a Pastor from Zimbabwe Africa


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Pastor Jamie, welcome to my HubPages world and thanks for your feedback. Hope you will read and enjoy more of my articles.

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