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The Christian’s work ethic

In the workplace, in the home, in the community, in the church…God’s child should be known for his strong work ethic! Think about this. The words “lazy” or “laziness” are used 15 times in the book of Proverbs and never, as you would expect, in a favorable light. God contrasts laziness in that book with being “diligent” (10:4; 12:24, 27; 13:4) and “upright” (15:19). Later in life, Solomon again warned about “laziness” (Ecc. 10:18) and urged readers to action: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecc. 9:10).

Many people today seem to be inclined to give and do the minimum, or even less than that if possible. That’s not only true when they are “on the clock” at work, but it is evident in their efforts at home and even in the church. A child of God should stand out. He will not be one who is “lagging” or “slothful” (i.e., lazy, idle, sluggish) in his efforts, but he will be known for his “diligence” (Rom. 12:11). May God help us to be known as hard workers with a strong work ethic. Such not only reflects upon ourselves but more especially upon our God