He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”
God is interested in the work you do; He’s also interested in how you do it. The truth is, your prospects for the future are determined by your work ethic. When it comes to having a work ethic, ‘Go to the ant, consider its ways and be wise.’ These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principle for living. Observe three things about them:
The ant has no commander, no overseer or ruler(Proverbs 6:7). Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises its work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage its time on the job or make sure it starts punctually. It’s self-motivated and driven by its own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired. 2)It stores its provision in summer and gathers its food at harvest(Proverbs 6:8). While everybody else is complaining about the heat(the weather, economy etc) the hardworking ant just keep preparing for the future. It continues gathering disregarding the conditions. Then while others are struggling to survive, it feasts on the fruits of its labour.
If you want to succeed on the job, you must cultivate the act of diligence. Bible says that diligence is precious (Proverbs 12:27) because it’s hard to find. Diligent workers are worth their wages. In God’s system, the boss should profit by you and you should profit by him. Indeed diligent people plan to be profitable employees. Do you want to prosper? See that your employer prospers. Diligence is what will get you promoted. In God’s economy, you determine whether you become a ruler or slave by how hard you’re willing to work. Lazy employees complain about everything; they want the privileges others get but they’re not willing to work for them. But the diligent gets the satisfaction of a job well done, a reputation for integrity, the trust of others, job security, profit, promotion and most importantly the Master’s “Well done”
Another Bible characteristic to acquire for job success is thoughtfulness. Good employers and supervisors make it their business to know the needs, strengths, weaknesses, potential and motivational levels of their workers. As a result, employee sick time is reduced and morale improved. A pay increase isn’t always the best motivator. Sometimes your thoughtfulness, understanding and interest in your employees are a more powerful motivator.
Respect and care invites cooperation, makes allies, not adversaries of employees and employers, and brings out the best in everybody. If you’re an employee, speak well of your boss, honour him or her and submit to their authority(Romans 13:1-7) If you can’t, say nothing and look for another job otherwise you’ll be judged for undermining them. In the parable of the talents, Jesus said that the workers who took care of the boss’s interests were rewarded richly. Yes God will honour you for respecting even a difficult boss.
- Lord, I thank you for this new month of June and all your provisions in my life including the wonderful job you’ve provided for me in Jesus name.
- Oh Let every tree of profitless hard labour be uprooted and destroyed from my life in Jesus name.