Church Hospitality: A Short Guide
Church hospitality isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s essential. Here are 4 practical ways to prepare for the 2 types of guests you should expect.
November 18, 2020
Do you sing praises for your work when you wake up in the morning?
Besides, it’s not like you can find a lot of songs praising work. If anything, there’s a common theme of lamenting work that runs throughout every genre of music.
The Beatles work like a dog in “A Hard Day’s Night.”
The Bangles dread another “Manic Monday” after a fun Sunday.
Huey Lewis and the News take what their boss is giving them because they’re working for a living.
And Dolly Parton is barely gettin’ by because she’s workin’ 9 to 5.
Work is often considered a problem in culture, but according to scriptures about work, God has good intentions about your work and business.
Not only is work important to God, but you’ll also spend roughly 90,000 hours on the job. During your time in business, you can strive to glorify God in your work (1 Cor. 10:31) or you can wake up close to retirement with the realization that you squandered away so much of your precious time. I suggest pursuing the former option.
To make the most of your work, let’s take a look at 55 Bible verses about business. In this list of scriptures, we’re going to walk you through the following discussions:
Knowing what the Bible has to say about business will help you to make the best biblical decisions related to your work.
"The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
"He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.”
"Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’”
“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.”
“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
"It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.”
"A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.”
"Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.”
“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages.”
“If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?”
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.”
"For the Scripture says, 'You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.’”
"Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts."
“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft."
“All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded."
"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone."
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
"Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”
"In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”
“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it."
"Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”
"The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”
“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”
“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty."
"Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored."
"It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant."
"Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
"Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you."
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
"A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
“The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.”
"The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”
"The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.”
"The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.”
“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’”
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.”
Here’s a list of scriptures on business success:
"You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
"It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
"Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.”
"For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, 'Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.' But now, O God, strengthen my hands.’"
"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me."
"Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.”
"The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.”
"Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”
"Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”
"The heart of man plans his way,
but the LORD establishes his steps."
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”
"Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war."
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