“Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord” – Colossians 3:23
Aesop’s fable of the grasshopper and the ant comes to my mind when I think about the benefit of working (even in the summer when I’d rather be relaxing in God’s glorious sunshine). Remember? The ant worked all summer while the grasshopper sang and danced and made fun. When winter came, the ant enjoyed the fruit of his labor in warmth while the grasshopper shivered, starving in the snow.
In my youth, I understood that work had to be completed before playing could commence. Daily obligations were a part of my life from my earliest memories, even if it was making my bed, keeping my room clean (or not so clean, ask my sister) and drying the clean dishes.
Young people in this era experience too much play time and not enough responsibility. Or if they have chores, there is no accountability system in place to assure they are done and done well. Seriously, I recall having to clean the toilet five times in one session because I didn’t wipe around the base, the rim and the back.
According to the book of Proverbs, hard work really does pay off.
Hard workers can expect:
- Satisfaction and sustenance (Pr. 12:11)
- Positions of authority (Pr. 12:24)
- Appreciation for his possessions and successes (Pr. 12:27)
- A full, satisfied soul (Pr. 13:4)
- A well-marked path to travel (Pr. 15:19)
Sluggards (those are the lazy ones) have rewards too:
- Being void of understanding (Pr. 12:11)
- Being a slave to others(Pr. 12:24)
- Wastefulness (Pr. 12:27)
- Unfulfilled desires (Pr. 13:4)
- A hedge of thorns blocking his path (Pr. 15:19)
- Suffering from hunger (Pr. 19:15)
Working hard is not just about getting a paycheck. Having a strong work ethic reflects highly upon our Heavenly Father. Man was created to work (Adam and Eve kept the Garden of Eden) and is exhorted to be “not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Rom. 12:11).
Whatever work we have to do, know that the Lord is watching and He will reward us accordingly.
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