Welcome back. We’ll finish our look at the worth of work by considering a few more of the positive statements the Bible makes about work.
Pro 27:23-27 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. (24) For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? (25) The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. (26) The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. (27) And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
Pro 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
1Ti 6:1-2 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. (2) And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
Tit 2:9-10 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; (10) Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Luk 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (11) If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (12) And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
The Blessings of Work
Proverbs makes it clear that ther are many blessings that flow from being diligent in work. The first passage makes it clear that we need to make the connection between the work we do today and the provisions we hope to enjoy in the future. Today’s work has an impact on tomorrow’s standard of living. Hard work provides security in a way that amassing wealth can’t.
Being a good worker plays a role in evangelism, too. Several of today’s passages make it clear that our conduct at work can influence how those we work with and for to believe the gospel. The word “adorn”, in the original, conveys the idea of applying cosmetics. That is, we give the gospel a pretty face by are good conduct on the job.
Diligence and skill at work can lead to promotion and additional opportunities. The diligent will stand before kings. Not only that, but God called many of his servants into ministry as they were doing their jobs.
What About You?
- Do you see the connection between diligence and your standard of living?
- Do you do your job in a way that draws people to Christ>
- Are you faithful in the small tasks so that God can entrust greater responsibilities to you?