How to Be Productive According to the Bible


Topic: Work
The Bible contains truth that applies to all of
life and has a tremendous amount to say
about how we live our lives and work our
jobs.

The Bible’s view of work and productivity is
vastly different from our culture’s view:
Our culture says work is for self-
fulfillment. The Bible says that work is
about glorifying God (Colossians 3:17-23 ).

Our culture says we should store up as
much wealth as we can. The Bible says
that we are to pursue eternal treasures
rather than earthly ones (Matthew
6:19-20 ).

Our culture thinks that worship is what
Christians do for an hour each Sunday.
The Bible says that we can do everything
in the name of the Lord Jesus and give
thanks to God the Father through him
(Colossians 3:17 ).

You have the opportunity to worship God at
work through your attitude, witness, work
habits, and by what you produce. We need to
be people who take our work seriously and
seek to be as productive as possible for the
glory of God.

Your work and productivity matter to God and
are profoundly important in his eyes. This
goes for every job you may have. If you’re
mopping floors for a living, you are mopping
floors for the glory of God. Working
productively allows you to honor God by
maximizing the use of your time and to do
more good works for his glory.

This is what
Christian productivity is all about.
I like how Martin Luther King Jr. put it:

“If a man is called to be a street
sweeper, he should sweep streets
even as Michelangelo painted, or
Beethoven composed music, or
Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should
sweep streets so well that all the
hosts of heaven and earth will pause
to say, here lived a great street
sweeper who did his job well.”

Below are several foundational truths in
understanding what the Bible says about
productivity. I pray that God uses it to mold
your mind and heart to be more productive in
whatever you do for his glory.

How to Be Productive
According to the Bible
Recognize that God created
you to be productive.

“And God blessed them. And God
said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply
and fill the earth and subdue it, and
have dominion over the fish of the
sea and over the birds of the heavens
and over every living thing that
moves on the earth.”” (Genesis 1:28)

Know that Jesus requires a
return on your life.

The Parable of the Talents in Matthew
25:14-30 tells us that Jesus wants us
to make the best use of our time for
his sake.

“Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little; I
will set you over much. Enter into
the joy of your master.” (Matthew
25:24)

Seek after living productively
because this is important to
God.

“Look carefully then how you walk,
not as unwise but as wise, making the
best use of the time, because the
days are evil. Therefore do not be
foolish, but understand what the will
of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

“So teach us to number our days that
we may get a heart of
wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

Acting in God’s power, work
for the peace and prosperity
of all.

“But seek the welfare of the city
where I have sent you into exile, and
pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in
its welfare you will find your
welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)

“In the same way, let your light shine
before others, so that they may see
your good works and give glory to
your Father who is in
heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Recognize that doing good
works is how God describes
being productive.

“For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good
works, which God prepared
beforehand, that we should walk in
them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Work your hardest in all you
do for God’s glory. You will
be rewarded.

“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.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or
whatever you do, do all to the glory
of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Make loving God and loving
others a motivating factor in
all you do, including work.

“You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind. This is
the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it: You shall love
your neighbor as yourself. On these
two commandments depend all the
Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew
22:37-40)

Seek to be as wise and
effective you can be at what
God has called you to.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider
her ways, and be wise. Without
having any chief, officer, or ruler, she
prepares her bread in summer and
gathers her food in
harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Fight laziness. It only makes
life harder for others and is
inherently destructive.

“Whoever is slack in his work is a
brother to him who
destroys.” (Proverbs 18:9)

Seek a deeper understanding
of God’s grace to us in
Christ, because it
cultivates productivity.

“But when the goodness and
lovingkindness of God our Savior
appeared, he saved us, not because
of works done by us in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy, by
the washing of regeneration and
renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he
poured out on us richly through
Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being
justified by his grace we might
become heirs according to the hope
of eternal life. The saying is
trustworthy, and I want you to insist
on these things,so that those who
have believed in God may be careful
to devote themselves to good works.
These things are excellent and
profitable for people.” (Titus 3:4-8)

Continually renew your mind
to help you follow God’s will
for what you should
accomplish.

“Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of
your mind, that by testing you may
discern what is the will of God, what
is good and acceptable and
perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

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