“Work,” in all its uses, is mentioned over 350 times in the Bible. It is God’s will that you and I work. And whatever career you and I believe to be the will of God for our lives will demand hard work to be successful.
Charles M. Schwab, the great steel tycoon, is famous for his “Ten Commandments of Success.” What was number one? Mr. Schwab put hard work at the top of the list. He explained, “Hard work is the best investment a man can make.”
Thomas A. Edison, the great inventor, denied he was a genius. Instead, he attributed his success to dedicated work. He rarely slept more than four hours a night and was often seen catching a nap or two during the day. Too much sleep, he claimed, “makes you dopey. And you lose time, vitality, and opportunities.”
Today, our culture has different ideas about work than in years past. Not only has society slipped in its moral fiber, but it has also slipped in its commitment to excellence in the workplace. Many people either want everything given to them without working for it, or they don’t want to work very hard to get it. You, however, as a man after God’s own heart, are different. You understand God’s purposes and priorities for your life. You are working hard for God and His glory, and not for men. And what kind of blessings can you reap from this kind of obedience in your work?
First, you will be blessed in knowing that you are fulfilling the will of God in your life. That alone should be blessing enough, but there’s more…
Second, you will be blessed in knowing that your wife shares God’s blessings with you. Think about this: As the head of your home, your obedience or disobedience affects your wife’s life as well. That’s why your obedience is so critical.
Third, you will be blessed by knowing that you are doing your best as you do your work unto the Lord. You will know the fulfillment that comes from taking pride in the excellence of your work.
Brother, if you work hard, understand the will of God, and live out His purposes and His priorities for your life, you will provide for your family, you will be the best at your vocation, and you will progress in your career. You will be a “light on a hill.” And you will fulfill the will of God for your life. These blessings and more will be yours… when you tend to your career God’s way.
Question: What other blessings have you experienced by seeing your job as a way to glorify God?
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