Uncommon Wisdom about Work
How can we develop self-motivation so that we want to bless others and make a positive difference in the world to the glory of God?
We learn diligence when we grasp that God designed work as an act of grace for our good.
1. Develop self-motivation
Proverbs 6:6–11 (NLT)
6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
7 Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
8 they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
2. Learn to value your work by seeing it as part of God’s creation plan
Proverbs 10:26 (NLT)
26 Lazy people irritate their employers,
like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
Proverbs 13:11 (NLT)
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
wealth from hard work grows over time.
Proverbs 12:24 (NLT)
24 Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave.
Proverbs 12:27 (NLT)
27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,
but the diligent make use of everything they find.
3. Make God’s grace the engine of your work
Ephesians 2:8–10 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.