Rev. Dr. A. A. Obe (JP)
September 4, 2022
TOPIC: HARD WORK
TEXT: Colossians 3:23-24; Philippians 2:14-15; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 9:10; Proverbs 10:4; 14:23
Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Philippians 2:14-15: Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Ephesians 9:10: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Proverbs 10:4: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 14:23: In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
DEFINITIONS: Constantly, regularly, or habitually engaged in earnest and energetic work
INTRODUCTION: The biblical work ethic encourages hard work, long hours, dedication, punctuality, and a willingness to defer gratification for the sake of long-term gain. It is no coincidence that nations, companies, and individuals shaped n such an ethic have tended to prosper. That is how God has ordered His creation.
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10. Internet scam and hacking
11. Hook up
13. Stealing and armed robbery
I. WHAT TO UNDERSTAND:
1. Diligence requires a discipline and a willingness to sacrifice and hardwork brings blessings.
2. Dedication is the way to prosperity and riches, for all toil is profitable.
3. Hardworking hands make men rich.
4. Men and women with a godly work ethic can generally expect to enjoy the fruit of their hands.
5. Hard work goes with truthfulness and sincerity.
6. A good hard working person ends up with peace and rest at the end of his labour.
II. THE GAIN OF HARD WORK
1. Hard Work Leads To Self Development
Working hard is not always easy, that is for sure. It is called hard work for a reason. There are many challenges that you will face on any journey as you work to achieve something meaningful.
The reason that you are considered a hard worker is that you will face the challenges head-on. Working hard can help you develop several personal traits such as perseverance and patience.
2. Hard Work Builds Character
We’re living in the midst of a character crisis. If we can’t have something in 5 minutes we don’t want it. And if getting it is hard, forget it! But hard work builds character. You learn discipline. You learn to focus. You learn to manage your time and your resources.
3. Hard Work Gets Results
Hard work ALWAYS accomplishes something. It might be that you learn something. It might be that you build something. It might be that you change something. But had work always gets results.
4. Hard Work Draws Attention
Want to get noticed? Work hard. The diligent stand out. We live in a culture that increasingly encourages and fosters minimal effort. Want to turn some heads today? Give 110% to whatever you are doing. It doesn’t matter how many talents you have, or what you are called to do, do it with passion! Give it your heart! And soon the world will be watching.
5. Hard Work Brings New Opportunities
That is, hard work opens doors. The lazy complain about the lack of luck. Thomas Jefferson said “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder work, the more I have of it” Those who work hard find new opportunities always presenting themselves.
6. Hard Work Blesses Others
No lasting benefit to mankind is achieved without hard work. The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. We typically work hard to please ourselves. We should work harder to please others, bless others, and help others.
PSALM 90: 1-12; ECCLESIASTES 3: 1-9
PSALM 90: 1-12: 90 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
ECCLESIASTES 3: 1-9: 3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?