Our dealings with others in business, whether our employees or co-workers or those serving us, need to reflect Christian principles of fairness and honesty. In this lesson, we look at what the Bible says about fair business practices and it’s warnings against dishonesty.
Think About: Do you reflect Christ in the way you treat those with whom you do business? In the way you treat your co-workers or your employees?
Reat the following verses to discover what does the Bible say about how we treat those who work for us?
Leviticus 19: 13b Do not hold back the ______________of a hired _____________overnight.
Deuteronomy 24:5 ___________them their wages each day before sunset, because they are ______________ and counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of ________.
Isaiah 58:3 “Why have we ____________”, they say, “and you have not seen it? Why have we ____________ ourselves and you have not noticed?” Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you ___________ and ____________ all your workers.”
Malachi 3:5 So I will come near to you for _______________. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, against those who defraud _______________ of their ____________, who oppress widows, and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me, says the Lord Almighty.
James 5:4 Look! The ___________you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The ___________ of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
Read the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard Matthew 20:1 – 16
(1) How would you feel if you were one of the first workers to be hired?
(2) What if you were the last worker hired?
(3) What are the implication of this story for how we treat workers?
(4) Do our laws prevent this type of generosity by an employer?
What does the Bible say about other business dealings?
Prov. 13:11 ______________money ____________ away, but he who gathers ________________ little by little makes it grow.
Prov. 28:8 He who increases his ______________ by ______________ interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the _____________.
Luke 3:13, 14 Don’t ______________ any more than you are required to, he told them…Don’t ______________ money and don’t accuse people falsely…Be ______________ with your pay.
Read the Parable of the Shrewd Manager Luke 16: 1 – 9
(1) How do you feel about the behavior of the manager?
(2) Would you have commended the manager if you were the master?
(3) Are you surprised by Jesus’s comment in verse 9?
Luke 16: 10 – 12 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealthy, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”