The Bible & Working Hard – Perseverance Not Being Lazy
As Christians part of our walk is to allow God to provide us with all that is promised and through working hard that can be achieved as the Bible says.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
– Colossians 3:23
Working hard is a principle that few people seem to live by in this day and age. Sadly, many people – even Christians – prefer to sit back and wait for success to come to them. This kind of lifestyle is not only illogical and destructive; it’s not biblical. God has made us stewards of this earth in His name; everything that we own is ultimately His. To neglect that responsibility is to disregard the will of God for our own selfish reasons. So why do those who claim to follow Christ ignore this truth?
In some cases, it may have to do with upbringing. There are people who have grown up getting everything they’ve ever wanted. As a result, they think that every desire they have can be fulfilled with the push of a button. Reality, however, is far different. The world does not and cannot grant us everything that we want. And even if it could, we would still be unsatisfied. We were made with an inner desire for God – to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him. We cannot fill this void with material possessions or wealth. And we certainly can’t fill it by being lazy in our work. Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” God calls us to work hard not merely for the benefit of the body, but for our minds and souls, as well. If we are able to provide for ourselves and our families, we can better focus on living for Christ.
Now, we need to address the issue of overworking. There are some people who take working hard to the extreme, and end up destroying themselves in the process. Working yourself to exhaustion and beyond is clearly not the will of God. The point of working is not to outdo your neighbor or to show how strong you are, but to glorify God. How can we glorify God when we are too busy to do anything but work? Working is important, but nothing is more important than our relationship with our Creator. When our prayer life suffers, everything else starts to fall apart. God gave us the Sabbath so that we could rest in Him; let’s use it.
Working hard may not always be fun or exciting, but it will always be rewarding. Even if we can’t see it, there is great merit in dedicating ourselves to the tasks that God has set before us. Even if you think that you have the slowest, most boring job ever, challenge your perspective. Look for opportunities to share the gospel, and be confident that all your efforts will one day be rewarded. As 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”