All too often, business owners and executives look at business as merely a way to earn wealth and miss out on opportunities to do more. But some business leaders want to become ambassadors of Christ in the Marketplace. They want to justly earn profits, but they want to do so in a way that is responsible, virtuous, and Christlike.
The Bible is extraordinarily rich with wisdom for business owners who want to operate their companies as something more than just a means to create wealth.
Here are 14 verses from the Bible that every Catholic business leader needs to remember:
Proverbs 16:8 “Better a little with justice, than a large income with injustice.”
Proverbs 10:4 “The slack hand impoverishes, but the busy hand brings riches.”
Psalm 127:2 “It is vain for you to rise early and put off your rest at night, To eat bread earned by hard toil— all this God gives to his beloved in sleep.”
Proverbs 23:4 “Do not wear yourself out to gain wealth, cease to be worried about it”
Proverbs 20:4 “In seedtime sluggards do not plow; when they look for the harvest, it is not there.”
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance”
Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build.”
Luke 16:10 “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.”
Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom; whatever else you get, get understanding.”
Proverbs 14:23 “In all labor there is profit, but mere talk tends only to loss.”
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent end in profit, but those of the hasty end in loss.”
Leviticus 19:13 “You shall not exploit your neighbor. You shall not commit robbery. You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your laborer.”
Proverbs 13:11 “ Wealth won quickly dwindles away, but gathered little by little, it grows.”
Mark 8:36 “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”
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