As we continued our study in Proverbs we focused this week on work ethic. Work is a way of life and has existed since creation. However because of Adam and Eve's sin, the curse was placed that work would not be hard. While work is hard it is our human tendency to be lazy. We must understand what God's Word says about work so that we will have a better attitude toward work. Here are the points we looked at concerning work ethic.
1) God Honor's Hard Work
Many times we do not work hard because we do not think it is necessary or because we do not care. Whether it is chores, our job, or school work we must work hard and give our best effort. Proverbs 10:4 and Proverbs 14:23 both show us that hard work will bring us blessings while laziness will lead to poverty.
2) Work With a Purpose
You must see value in the work you are doing whether it is at school, a job, or chores. If you see value in the work you are doing you are going to work hard and not slack. Proverbs 10:5 shows us that when we work with a purpose we are preparing for our future.
3) Laziness Leads to Addictions
Laziness and self-control are related to each other. When we are lazy we choose our own comfort over work which leads to a "me-centered" life. A "me-centered" life leads to addictions as we feed our "me" attitude with something to feed our lazy desires. This can be anything from drugs, alcohol, and pornography, to something we do not even realize we can be addicted to like entertainment, acceptance, friends, church, school, and even sometimes work itself. The addiction is a wasteful habit and becomes an idol in our life.
So if you still have any questions as to why we should work hard then take a look at Colossians 3:22-24. This means that whatever we are doing we must realize we are doing it for Jesus. If we truly realize this then we are going to have a better attitude toward the work, and give it our best effort. This means whether it is chores, a summer job, homework, or even bible study as you seek to grow in your relationship with God. The decision and attitude you make toward these things now will determine how you work when you have a full-time job and are trying to provide for your family.