Saturday, January 13, 2018

Work can be fun, fascinating and fulfilling. Go for it! "One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys." Proverbs 18:9

Yup, laboring to serve and provide can indeed be fantastic, fun, fruitful, fascinating and fulfilling.. in a close relationship with Christ. 

The good prep and exercise for it can be as well. Jesus worked hard as a man’s man -- sure He did. Interesting this is how life works.. functioning pretty much blessing-other's-orientated. But work can also be the cause of great frustration at times -- why neglect loved ones as you look to your career or a project as your god.. or as your primary source? There is a balance to maintain.

"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35
You know practical-serving to meet needs can be such a good witness for the Lord.. if that's not all you're doing.. just working. He came here and served, yet Jesus prayed and did so much more!
"Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." Deuteronomy 15:10
"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, 'Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!'" Luke 10:40 

The Bible tell us that work is honorable -- let’s keep our priorities in proper order as we do this. The Scripture says, that no matter what kind of job you maintain... no matter the occupation you have ..guess what!.. you can glorify the Lord in and through your work. Honest hard and smart toil, you know.. done with a joyful spirit is SO good. And it can be combined with the vertical relationship. It can be a form of worship and prayer to God ..if your focus stays right. You can do this. Prayerfully draw strength and encouragement from the Holy Spirit and these Bible verses with their contexts. Yes, go for it hard working people!

Deuteronomy 15:10
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Deuteronomy 24:14
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. (NIV)
Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. 
Psalm 128:2
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 
Proverbs 12:11
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. 
Proverbs 14:23
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. 
Proverbs 18:9
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
Ecclesiastes 3:22
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? 
Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 
Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. 
Isaiah 64:8
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Luke 10:40
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 
John 5:17
In his defense Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working."
John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. 
Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' 
1 Corinthians 4:12
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 
Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 
1 Thessalonians 4:11
...and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." 
Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 
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.
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