Thursday, August 9, 2012

Christ and Work: Wisdom - Pastor Chris

Work Is Good!!!

In the very begining when God created man he gave him a job. Genesis 2:15 (NLT) 
15 The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. This was prior to the fall of man. Work is not a punishment from God. Now, on the other hand, work got much harder after the fall. Genesis 3:17 (NLT) 17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. (Dang Woman j/k) But work itself is good, we see throughout scripture that we are called to do good works. So in light of the biblical principle that work is good, here is some encouragement from Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived:

1.       Stop Chasing Fantasies – Start Working Productively (Proverbs 12:11, 28:19).
2.       Stop Scheming For Quick Money – Start Honest Diligent Planning (Proverbs 1:30-33)
3.       Stop Sleeping - Start Working (Proverbs 6:6-11)
4.       Stop Borrowing – Start Earning (Proverbs 22:7)
5.       Stop Spending On Little Luxuries – Start Saving For The Future (Proverbs 21:17)
6.       Don’t think of distant future success – make it happen here and now. (Proverbs 17:24)
7.       Diversify your enterprises. (Eccl 11:2)
8.       When making plans get good advice from many sources (Proverbs 15:22, 20:18)
9.       Plan your work and work your plan. (Proverbs 21:5)
10.     But don’t fall for the paralysis of analysis. (Eccl 11:4)
11.     When dealing with governments follow the procedures even if you are upset. (Eccl 8:6)
12.     No matter how keen you are on your project Work steadily and carefully, do not be hasty. (Proverbs 19:2, 21:5)*

Last Thought: 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NLT) 
10 Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” (Hunger is a Great Motivator)

Good Luck as you head to work, and if you don't have a job currently the best advice I ever received was: Getting a full time job, should be a full time job! Good Luck!

God Bless
Pastor Chris

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