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Six Great Bible Principles Which Inspire Productivity

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Bible Principles Which Inspire Productivity

Bible Principles Which Inspire 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 which includes accountability, benevolence, diligence, generosity and persistence. These practices provide motivation and sense of purpose.

The table below lists six ethical work principles which are practiced by productive people. Following them are six Bible quotes which affirm these qualities as prerequisites for productivity.

Productivity PrinciplesSimple Definitions

1. Accountability

the obligation be answerable for the responsibility one accepts

2. Benevolence

disposition to do good in the interest of others

3. Diligence

constant and earnest effort to accomplish the job

4. Generosity

willingness and liberality in giving and sharing

5. Persistence

continual effort to achieve even though the task is difficult

6. Wisdom

knowledge coupled with good judgment

1. Accountability

After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The master was full of praise. "You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities." –Matthew 25:19, 21

Accountability helps those who are willing but become careless when they try to self-manage. They 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 according to the text above; the one worker who reported being too cautious to try, lost his capital to the most productive (verse 28).

Accountability prevents the steward from acting as though he is in total control without the responsibility of accountability. He is more productive using his talents for his good and the good of others than when being concerned only about himself.

2. Benevolence

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.

3. Diligence

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.

4. Generosity

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.”

5. Persistence

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.

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

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

6. Wisdom

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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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 02, 2020:

Greetings, Demas! Happy that you caught the article at the time which is appropriate for you. Enjoy your garden!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on March 31, 2020:

What a beautiful garden spot! You wrote this in the winter, but I have read this just in time to have my 2020 gardening efforts spurred on. Thanks!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 08, 2020:

You're welcome, Joey. Glad you found them.

Joey on January 08, 2020:

Wonderful verses, thank you for sharing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2019:

E Kyle, Welcome to HubPages. Welcome to my HubCircle. I'm happy that you like this kind of article. Hopefully, we'll see lots more of each other as we continue writing and reading.

E Kyle Morris from Tennessee on December 02, 2019:

Hello Ms. Dora, I just found your article. Biblical truth is very practical and I love to see it applied like this. Very good and thought-provoking article! Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 18, 2019:

Thanks Lincy. I was slow in figuring it out, but I finally did. I appreciate your fun, insightful comment.

Lincy Francis from Allahabad on July 18, 2019:

Nice! To increase productivity we need AccoBenD GenPerWis

Shortcut to remember the six.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 09, 2018:

Tim, thank you for sharing my appreciation for the Book of Proverbs. Indeed, wisdom to live by for those who will pay attention.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 08, 2018:

Excellent article, Ms.Dora. I really like the Book of Proverbs. There is a lot of wisdom in that book, powerful quotations to memorize and live by. All of the Bible is that way. Thanks for your wonderful article on productivity.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 24, 2016:

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

Pro Jamie on May 24, 2016:

msdora powerful words there, im a Pastor from Zimbabwe Africa

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 21, 2015:

Peach, thanks for the affirmation. I appreciate you.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 20, 2015:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 09, 2015:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 09, 2015:

TB, I appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 09, 2015:

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

Timothy Whitt from New Jersey on January 08, 2015:

A great Hub with a lot of good advice.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 09, 2014:

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

Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on January 09, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 08, 2014:

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

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 08, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 07, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 07, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 07, 2014:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 07, 2014:

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

athurion on January 07, 2014:

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

Sallie B Middlebrook PhD from Texas, USA on January 07, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 07, 2014:

Thank you, DDE. I appreciate your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 07, 2014:

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.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 07, 2014:

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

Opulentus Akhila Suri from Hyderabad on January 07, 2014:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

Thank you Faith. I appreciate your contribution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

Denise, you're very kind. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

Manatita, I appreciate your loving support. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 06, 2014:

Wise words, well said!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 06, 2014:

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. ^

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 06, 2014:

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.

sheilamyers on January 06, 2014:

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.

manatita44 from london on January 06, 2014:

Excellent Hub and written with sweet simplicity. Wonderful virtues.

Lori Colbo from United States on January 06, 2014:

Excellent verses to live by. Nice work MsDora.

Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on January 06, 2014:

Excellent and inspirational Hub MsDora.

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

RTalloni on January 06, 2014:

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.

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on January 06, 2014:

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

Author Victoria Sheffield from Georgia on January 06, 2014:

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!!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on January 06, 2014:

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.

Nell Rose from England on January 06, 2014:

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

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on January 06, 2014:

Hi MsDora, Thank you for another wonderful article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 06, 2014:

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.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on January 06, 2014:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 06, 2014:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

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

rls8994 from Mississippi on January 06, 2014:

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! :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 06, 2014:

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

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 06, 2014:

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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