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But we do tend to reap what we sow. So often, in fact, such an expression as we reap what we sow can make its way out of the Good Book and into our culture as a proverb!
Go ahead and be lazy; sleep on, but you will go hungry. (Proverbs 19:15 TEV)
When you read words like that in The Book, you know work isnt a four letter word. Among Christians, doin your job is a matter of obedience to God Almighty, not an option you can choose to get more of the almighty dollar. Christians should have a far higher motivation for our getting the job done than anyone elsejust look who theyre workin forthe Lord Jesus Christ!
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does . . . (Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV)
So Christians ought to be the hardest working people on earth! Among Christians, honesty is a value, not a variable. They know laziness isnt the way of their Lord.
Do you see someone with a roof over their head, clothes on their back, plenty to eat and maybe even something beyond that? Take notethey just might have got it the old-fashioned waythey earned it!
Take care of a fig tree and you will have figs to eat. A servant who takes care of his master will be honored. (Proverbs 27:18 TEV)
We dont work for money, but we do work for the Master.|
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Teach that to your children. Your grandchildren. Start with practicing it yourself. Work at demonstrating it to your co-workers. Make your own philosophy of work sound something like this: I work hard and leave what happens to the Master. I do people good, no matter what I receive in return. Im working for the Lordnot people or pay. Ill show that with the way I work each day. I will serve wholeheartedly, because I am serving the Lord, not men. I know the Lord will reward me for whatever good I do as he sees fit. And that fits me just fine.
Show me a man who does a good job, and I will show you a man who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings. (Proverbs 22:29 TEV)
Holy Father, in Jesus name, enable me to serve you this week not just on the job, but with my job. May the way I work, work only good for your name. When people see me do my job, may they see Jesus in me this week. This is enough for meto work for you. Amen.
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