What Does The Bible Say About Working? A Christian Study

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Working is part of God’s plan for us all. He told us about it right off the get go in Genesis 2:15 as it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Let us look to the Bible and see what God has to say about working. Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures will be the ESV translation.

Hard Work Pays Off

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23 NIV)

Many people are dreamers. But the profit doesn’t come if action is not present. Hard work requires careful planning of your finances, so you can see the results of your work. Hard work not only allows you to make money, but it may reward you with promotions at work.

Work Brings Necessities

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” (Proverbs 12:11)

This makes perfect sense. If all of the farmers stopped working, we would have no crops to buy and sell or to make new products with. The same thing applies to your own job. If you choose to go to work, you will receive your paycheck and will be able to purchase the things you need. If you choose not to work, then you will not be able to provide for yourself or your family.

Work Should Be Petitioned To God

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17)

God was with me and landed me a decent job ...

God was with me and landed me a decent job …

When I first met my ex-wife and decided that I wanted to marry her, I knew that I needed a job that would support us after we were married. God was with me and landed me a decent job that had a good future for income. Even though I am not married anymore, I can see why God led me to this job because it is what is allowing me to pay my bills and everything else right now. Had God not been with me, I may not have gotten a good job with good benefits like I have now. Pray to God and ask Him what He has planned for you. Give Him your desires and see if any doors open. God will establish the work of your hands if you seek His will. It may not be a job you would have chosen, but He will guide you to where He wants you to be.

Work Unto The Lord

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

You should always work hard at your job, but not to please your bosses. The main focus should be on pleasing God. I do this daily by thanking God for my job while I am working. It puts my mind in the right perspective on dwelling on Him and the blessing of working. This motivates me to try harder and do the best job I can each and every day.

Work With Integrity

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” (Ephesians 4:28)

It is so important to make an honest living. Many people in America abuse the welfare system and mooch off of the rest of the people who work hard for a living. It is offensive to God when this behavior is occurring because these people are stealing from the rest. If they are capable of getting a job and refuse to find one then they are at fault and are in sin. Others will steal instead of work because it’s free stuff to them. Stealing from anyone, whether it is a bank, grocery store or someone’s home is wrong. God does not accept this kind of behavior. So, let us all strive to do our best at our jobs, or if unemployed, strive every single day to find a job somewhere to start some income. God will bless the work of your hands if you are doing things to His will!

Take A Break

Even God took a break and rested on the seventh day of creation. (Genesis 2:3)

Whether you go to church on Saturday or Sunday, use that day to relax and be with your family and friends. Enjoy their company. Indulge yourself in thoughts about God. Meditate on His Word. Even take a nap. Leave work at work on this day and enjoy the time off with your loved ones.

Conclusion

Working is something that God calls us to do. We should all strive to do the best that we can at our jobs to showcase our faith to others. People will see Jesus in us if we work hard and show love to them. Don’t forget about that break! God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

Are you in the job that God wants for you? Take a look at this article for some tips:

5 Ways to Follow God’s Plan for Your Life

Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Chevelle July 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

Great article about work! I just recently finished college and am looking for a job. However, I really want to start my own business. There is nothing tougher than actually starting your own job. This article showed me that I shouldn’t worry about the work I would have to put in, but my honoring God through my work. Thanks Derek!

Chevelle

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Derek Hill July 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Amen Chevelle! Honor God and dedicate your work to Him! Blessings on you!

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Patricia Schneider July 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hi, Derek! Had read this article before, but don’t recall if I’d commented.
Whatever we do, work or play, we should do for the honor and glory of God. Right, Derek? I truly believe that Jesus’ Holy Spirit guides us as to whether a “job” is right for us or not. (Using you, Derek, as His vessel in writing these articles is right on~!)
Terrific article with Scriptures!
God’s many wonderful blessings upon you and your children, Derek!
Always, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Derek Hill July 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I think the article you read before was “7 Prayers For Employment or Work.” Either way I thank you for your kind words and encouragement! It is always a blessing to hear from you Patty. Blessings on you and Gary!

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Jack Wellman July 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

These should be read every Monday morning Derek! LOL Seriously, when we consider that every job we do is for God and not so much our employer, it should motivate us to do a much better job. As always, an learning work for me…and taken to heart brother. Thank you.

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Derek Hill July 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thank you Jack. I am learning daily to strive harder to work for God and for no one else. Thank you for your kindness and friendship brother! God bless you!

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Kris July 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Great article….I wanted to share something that came to my attention along my walk.

I started out thinking …AH God will give me the ‘desires’ of my heart’ …and of course as a young woman about to launch into adult life I was thinking about what I wanted and needed …which incidentally this kind of interpretation was led by way of the ministry that pretty much taught and focused upon material increase as a significant indication and measure of one’s believing …as if faith were some kind of force one uses to GET something from GOD.

This put a great deal of emphasis upon the external aspects of a person’s life …many would go into a state of self condemnation if they got sick or did not have an ‘abundant’ life according to this measure.

I do not think you are suggesting this …but the thing I wanted to share was how one day I asked the Lord to “Help me want what YOU want me to want Lord .’ That was something of a revelation for me . I felt that I wanted GOD to supply me with what HE would want me to ‘desire’ and so He would ‘give me the desires of my heart’ in terms of putting into my heart the things that would bring me closer to Him ….

I don’t know if anyone else has had this type of idea come to mind but I felt it was pretty cool.

I still ask for Him to supply me with the ideas of what I should ask for …because I realize I may be prone to ask according to my present perspective of my needs. ‘

In the midst of trials it is hard to ask for ‘Your will be done ‘ yet it is appropriate .

Still we struggle sometimes in waiting upon HIS will to be done …so it is …I struggle from time to time …waiting for my Lord to give me UNDERSTANDING which helps a bit with the waiting period….

Yea Lord!!!

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Derek Hill July 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Kris, this was a very encouraging comment! If you seek God to give you the desires that He wants you to have, He will show you them. We all struggle on waiting on His timing, but He always has our best interests in mind! This was very thought provoking. Thank you for this thought! May God bless you!

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Kris July 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Thank you Derek for taking time to respond to my post! Your heart is a BIG ONE!

YEA! GOD!

It so happens that I asked Him to increase my appetite for what He wanted me to want and now I am ‘eating’ the Word like potato chips….you can’t eat ‘just one’ ! It seems like one word study leads to another ..and another …and another ….OOooOOO ! It is so awesome to live and walk this way ..even when things are dark and scary ,..God’s Word is above it all and He will sustain all who put their trust in Him and time in His Word.

Mmmmm! MM! YUM!~

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Patricia Schneider July 11, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Derek, this is for KIM (July 10, 2013.) OK?

Hello, Kim! Absolutely loved your two comments on this site! You may be “a young woman about to launch into adulthood,” but you sound like a “mature Christian!”
Me? I’m still a “babe in the woods” when it comes to God’s Plan for me. Yet, I have progressed through God’s Word to totally trust God’s Will, His Plan, His perfect Timing for my journey in this lifetime. We have a terrific, awesome God, don’t we, Kim?
Hope to hear more from you on “What Christians Want To Know” site, Kim! Jesus’ Holy Spirit is so evident in your words!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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kris July 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I Patty …thank you …I think you mean me …from the quote you placed….I am thankful for the walk…and for those who love the Lord with a desire to follow after Him. It has not been easy but I think that the world the flesh and the devil offer us “the easy” and “the quick” often times.

The broad way if petty crowded from what the Lord told us about it …but though the narrow way is really ‘tight’ sometimes as we are squeezing through that “birth canal” …it is good to remember that the stuff we need ‘pruned’ off of our worldly ways is going to be unnecessary for our assignment here and on into our eternal ‘spot’ in the Kingdom.

It seems to me that whenever I had a painful ‘loss’ of something l once relied upon …there has been some kind of incremental “growth spurt”…kind of like a rocket launch which lets go of stages of the rocket the farther forward into the blue it goes!

Getting ‘lighter’ like those guys on the ship when they encountered a storm and began to throw ballast overboard.

Our ‘comfort ‘blankie” of worldly ideas must make way for the truth which will free us of the ballast of the lies we have been presuming since birth …ANYTHING not OF GOD is stuff we want to lose….God’s Word is the ‘water ‘ that washes as well as equips.

May your life become more and more the growing knowledge application and fruit filled vessel of honor that the Lord desires to bring to maturity.

Great to have you on the ‘crew’ and may we all keep rowing in the same direction !

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Patricia Schneider July 12, 2013 at 2:56 am

KRIS, yes, I meant you. So sorry about the wrong name. I was with my girlfriend last nite, her name is Kim; guess I had “Kim” on the brain. LOL!
Forgot to mention about your reply to Derek, about “eating God’s Word, like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one?” And your final comment…”Mmmmm! MM! YUM!” Kris, you had me in stitches~! I was laughing so hard during your entire comment, my heart filling with such joy for you!
Then your reply to me… Sweetie, God has blessed you with a terrific sense of intuition and humor with your writing style!
You should keep a journal of your spiritual journey, if you haven’t already. Then publish and share with other Christians (even unbelievers!) Sure Derek would agree with me here.
Sorry, again, about mixing up your name w/my friend, Kris.
At my age, the mind’s the first to go, as the saying goes! LOL! (I’ll be 65 years young on September 26st.)
Oodles of God’s bountiful blessings upon you, Kris, and your family.
Always, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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kris July 12, 2013 at 3:48 am

Patty….Thank you for your wonderful compliments I think the Lord has brought us together here . Such a great group of believers here.

[BTW I will be turning 66 on the 24th…Shhhhh don’t TELL anyone! It’s a “secret’!]

I don’t mind your not getting my name right , it happens all the time to me , even with my own children!

I know when I call out my kids names I often went through the whole list and some nonsense ones TOO …then finally just said ,”Oh, YOU know who you are….come here!!”

I before I had kids I was so arrogant when observing some child giving his parents difficulties in the store. I remember thinking ‘”MY children will never do THAT” ! Hahaha…Pride certainly DOES ‘go before the fall!”

After I got married I remember something that the Lord ‘said’ to me ” You are not humble enough I am going to give you children!” …a bit later on I felt him ‘say’ to me ….
“You are STILL not humble enough …I am going to have you HOME SCHOOL! You’ll NEVER get off your knees!”

Little did I realize how instructive this would be. It is probably one of the ways He intended for us to be drawn to study with more interest things in the Word for the sake of instructing our children. I know it certainly drew my interest in some things I might not have studied without that motivation.

Our Lord is the originator of wit . Humor is one of the things in the word that is healing. It keeps us from imploding from some of the sorrowful things we go through I am guessing and perhaps as time goes by we are more than “ready ‘ to “depart” when the time comes!

However one time when I was particularly tired of a pain I was enduring over time [ no ,not my hubby!] I said to the Lord ….” I’m ready to go, Lord .”
A still small voice came back,”Not so fast…I have few things for you to go through yet!’

It seems that we have to laugh if we don’t cry and indeed the joy of the Lord is our strength .

I marvel at the Lord’s gracious blessings.One day I was conferring with the Lord and remarked, “Lord …you KNEW ME and you still trusted me with kids?!!!.” To which I recall that still small voice once again retort ..”What makes you think I TRUSTED YOU!”

I like to remember the way that these amusing words came to mind at times when I least expected them. Prayer time CAN be quite “entertaining” . Guess the Lord knew I needed a laugh once in a while.

I am glad you enjoyed the things that the Lord seems to inspire from time to time. I tend to ‘share ‘ a lot .I think sometimes that my middle name is ‘TMI” .

It gets us through some days when there is nothing so great as the way that the Lord provides refreshing among whomsoever as we go along and are willing to open our mouths.

That reminds me of a plaque I found in a discount store….It was a good reminder…
” Lord , Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth!”

Sometimes that would be a good idea, I might try it sometime, but in the mean time I like to share with people and you never know what kind of conversation will develop that will bring the Lord into it and His Word!

Have a great evening Patty …or morning ..wherever you are right now …it is 1:28 AM …here.

Nightowl I AM.

G’night and may the Lord keep you full of his joy everlasting!

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Patricia Schneider July 12, 2013 at 4:13 am

Kris, you’re hilarious!
Want so much to chat w/you, but don’t think we should take up Derek’s space, ya know?
Do you have Facebook? If so, can we become pals?
I’m listed under “Patricia Schneider (Kuzniewski)”
If not, my regular email address is: schneider93@verizon.net
Read over your original comment, Kris. I had taken it in the present tense, thus thinking you were a young woman?
ALL PRAISE, HONOR AND GLORY BE UNTO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, HIS SON, JESUS, HIS HOLY SPIRIT!!! Amen!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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