Proverbs 24:23–34 – Wisdom and Work – David Hill

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Theme sentence: A wise person will work hard for the glory of God and the good of others.

Aim sentence: See your work as a gift from God and work in a way that will bring glory to God and be for the good of others.

No matter what work you are doing it has significance and meaning because that is what God has called you to do right now.

And you working well is a part of God’s plan to reach the world as you live a better story.

Colossians 3:23–24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Proverbs and the Sluggard

There is a sluggard deep inside each of us.

Perhaps not all the time but we all go through sluggish seasons, lacking motivation and energy.

Being a sluggard is not glorifying to God and it is not loving to those around us.

We need to take Proverbs warnings about the sluggard seriously.

Proverbs and the workaholic

Proverbs addresses the workaholic as equally unwise.

Proverbs commends hard work. Proverbs speaks of hard working people as those who do well in life.

But Proverbs also speaks to the workaholic. Proverbs 23:4 says, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.”

Being a workaholic is not glorifying to God or loving to others.

How are we going to get this right when it comes to work?

Well we constantly need to be reminded who the boss is.

Who’s the boss?

If we want to work wisely we need to remember that God is in charge and ultimately we are working for him.

We need to pray for the wisdom to see our work as a gift from God, so that we will work in a way that will bring glory to God, be for the good of others, and ultimately point those around us to the Lord Jesus.

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