6 Bible Verses to Help You Become A Better Worker
Work is a God thing
Work, can be such a drudgery. Day in and day out sitting at a desk, working on an assembly line, or whatever task you may find yourself doing each day to collect a weekly paycheck. The point work can turn into such a drudgery. In your mind you have a lot better ideas how to spend your day. But did you know work is ordained by God way back in Genesis?
Genesis 2:15 states, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it."
Yes, God created work and now as a believer In Jesus and God you do not really go to work for yourselves but as a way to honor God with your fruitful labor. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:10, "That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe." (NIV)
This gives you a whole new perspective on work . Here is more of what the Bible has to say about work.
Your Work Declares Your Belief In God
Ephesians 6:5 says all workers are, "to be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;
As followers of Christ we are to have a good work ethic because we are ultimately working for God not our earthly bosses. He is ever watching us as we go about our daily activities even when no one else is watching. If we proclaim to have faith in God yet we slack off at work or do a shoddy job then we are not sending the right message to those who are believers.
Proverbs 13:4 has this warning for those who see no profit in working hard, "The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied."
Your Work Must Also Be Fruitful
A crucial part of having a good work ethic is that our work must also be fruitful. Proverbs 22;29 states, "Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men."
Work is not just about the toil and the sweat or siting at a desk it is about accomplishing each task we are given in an exemplary and efficient manner. As believers we must go above and beyond what we are asked to do and give our employers 110% of our effort not for our own well being but so the company we work for can grow and thrive.
In the end being a fruitful employee will insure your gainful employment will continue and you and your family will be able to survive.
Your Work Provides For You and Your Family
In exchange for a great work ethic we earn a paycheck. With what we earn we are able to buy things, pay the bills, support ourselves and our families.
There are plenty of Bible verses about the fruits of our labor.
Proverbs 20:13, "Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread
Proverbs 20:4, "The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing."
Proverbs 24:"30-34, "I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man."
These are only three of the many verses in the Bible about how work is a necessary part of life. There is an old adage, "There is no such thing as a free lunch."
Just A Brief Glimpse
These six verses are only a brief glimpse in what the Bibles says about work. AS Christian we need to understand our place in not only the world but also in the working world. Proverbs alone is a treasure trove of verses which instruct us on how to do work the right way and the wrong.way There are also verses for business owners as well.
A diligent Christian takes the time to read God's word, learn God's word, and then use God's word to live and work.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Timothy Whitt