Perseverance - God as a Co-Worker
After going over the purpose of work and what in the world it's good for, let's look a bit at how we should approach it and how we should behave when it comes to work. If you didn't read it, you can check it out here
When we read Genesis 39:21-23, the famous story of Joseph, we read he persevered inside a prison. In the prison, he got a raise and a promotion for working hard when everyone else around him found no joy in work. He found the satisfaction he needed in working for God and pleasing his heavenly father. His work in the prison did not make him rich or happy. But yet he persevered.
Can you image the mood of not only working in a prison but with bad people? People used to stealing for a living or ripping others off, not what you call an ethical bunch. But Joseph maintained his integrity and ethical foundations even in a prison.
Born into poverty, the german boy and his family struggled daily. His father was murdered when he was only 2, leaving his mom to raise him alone. She was able to put him through school by persevering in her multiple jobs and maintaining the focus that she wanted him to study, at any cost.
One day, while Carl was riding his bike on his way to class he realized something. That there should be no need for a horse to propel a carriage. Thus, he began creating the internal combustion engine.
After almost 40 years, he was able to solidify partnerships and built hundreds of them. Today we say his name very often, Karl Benz, of Mercedes Benz. The inventor of the horseless-carriage. Set your goals and get them! Persevere in your dreams.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
Helen Keller said, "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do"
By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.– Charles Spurgeon
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 4:12
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; (NIV)
Avoiding Laziness. (What is Laziness?)
1) Laziness is irritating to others (Proverbs 10:26) “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.” We all hate the guy that says "Hey, you missed a spot!" Especially when he's in the same level as you has the same responsibility to clean that spot but only points it out.
2) Lazy people are usually frustrated (Proverbs 13:4) “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Believe it or not, lazy people don't acomplish much, in any area in life!
3) Laziness leads to poverty. (Proverbs 6:10-11) "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man." (Proverbs 20:13) “Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.”
4) Laziness is a form of theft. Proverbs 18:9 warns that "One who is slack in his work is the brother to one who destroys.” When we are not being productive for the hours we are paid, we’re really stealing.
1 Thessalonians 2:9, “For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.”
“If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV).
Psalms 127:2 declares, "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (New International Version) This seems to teach us how dependent on God we are to bless our work efforts. If we trust God, we can be at rest about success and sleep.
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
The goal of work for a Christian is to be a good steward of time, just as we are called to be a good steward of money. Time really is money in that we are accountable to God for both.
Beware of getting rich quick schemes. They offer too much return (ROI). Politicians make a lot of promises too, like them, most of these organizations can't keep them.
"He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.” (Proverbs 28:19).
In the next section, we'll be going over being patient. We need to be patient with our salary, boss and even coworkers. Read about it here.
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