Sermon quotes on business

Brother Lawrence

We must do our business faithfully; without trouble or disquiet, recalling our mind to GOD mildly, and with tranquility, as often as we find it wandering from Him.

Pearl S. Buck

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Jeff Van Duzer

Food that nourishes, roofs that hold out the rain, shade that protects from the heat of the sun. . . . the satisfaction of the material needs and desires of men and women . . . when businesses produce material things that enhance the welfare of the community, they are engaged in work that matters to God.

Why Business Matters to God (And what still needs to change)


Timothy Keller

While from the outside there might not be immediately noticeable differences between a well-run company reflecting a gospel worldview and one reflecting primarily the world-story of the marketplace, inside the differences could be very noticeable. The gospel-centered business would have a discernible vision for serving the customer in some unique way, a lack of adversarial relationships and exploitation, an extremely strong emphasis on excellence and product quality, and an ethical environment that goes “all the way down” to the bottom of the organizational chart and to the realities of daily behavior, even when high ethics mean a loss of margin. In the business animated by the gospel worldview, profit is simply one of many important bottom lines.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work


Timothy Keller

Indeed, not all business initiatives serve the common good. But so many ministers assume that investors and entrepreneurs are solely out to make money without regard for advancing the common good. If ministers don’t yet see business as a way of making culture and of cultivating creation, they will fail to support, appreciate, and properly lead many members of their congregation.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work


Gilbert Mileander

First and foremost, work is not about economic exchange, financial remuneration, or a pathway to the American Dream, but about God-honoring human creativity and contribution. Our work, whatever it is, whether we are paid for it, is our specific human contribution to God’s ongoing creation and the common good.  To regard work as a calling is to suggest that we live to work, that our work is of central significance for our person. Still more, the calling gives to work a religious significance which it is not likely to acquire in any other way.

Gwendolyn Brooks 

We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.

Eric Hoffer

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.

Warren Buffet

You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because someday a fool will.

Quoted in Fortune, February 5, 1996

Albert Einstein 

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax. 

Blake MyCoskie

When you have a memorable story about who you are and what your mission is, your success no longer depends on how experienced you are or how many degrees you have or who you know. A good story transcends boundaries, breaks barriers, and opens doors. It is a key not only to starting a business but also to clarifying your own personal identity and choices. 

Eugene Peterson

The vocation of pastor(s) has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.

The Pastor: A Memoir

J. Paul Getty

If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem. 

Peter Drucker

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

Newt Hielscher

After the ship has sunk, a consultant knows how it might have been saved.

Robert Frost

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

Bertrand Russell

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.

Edgar Bergen

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Robert Townsend

If you don’t believe in the resurrection of the dead, look at any office at quitting time.

John Wesley

Make all you can, save all you can, so that you can give away all you can.

John Wesley

Make all you can, save all you can, so that you can give away all you can.

Martin Luther

I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.

Peter Drucker

Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, of building a personality beyond its normal limitations.

Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

Larry Kink

Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. . . . Without a sense of purpose, no company, either public or private, can achieve its full potential. It will ultimately lose the license to operate from stakeholders.

Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs

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