faithful servant

June 11, 2015

one cent

Well here’s a topic you may not have considered, yet the bible says quite a bit about this topic.

WORK, LAZINESS

  1. At the dawn of history God called man to work as his servant.

Gen. 2:15. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

  1. Be a workman approved of God.

2 Tim. 2:15. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

  1. Do everything to the glory of God; perform your work in a way that glorifies him.

1 Cor. 10:31. Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Col. 3:17. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  1. An industrious housewife and mother pleases the Lord and delights her husband.

Prov. 31:10-31.

  1. Christians must work in order to give to others; never steal.

Eph. 4:28. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

  1. Be a faithful worker so that you will be a good witness to outsiders and not be dependent on others.

1 Thess. 4:11-12. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

  1. Be on guard against idleness.

2 Thess. 2:6-15.

2 Thess. 3:7-10. You yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

  1. Earn your own bread.

2 Thess. 3:12. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

  1. The ant provides a lesson for lazy, careless people.

Prov. 6:6-11. Go the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has not commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come one you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

  1. It’s a disgrace to be lazy.

Prov. 10:5. He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

  1. One who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

Prov. 12:11. He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

  1. Mere talk leads to poverty.

Prov. 14:23. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

  1. The way of the sluggard is hard.

Prov. 14:23. All hard work bring a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

  1. The shiftless man goes hungry.

Prov. 19:15. Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

  1. Being lazy has its sad results.

Prov. 20:4. A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

  1. Do not love sleep.

Prov. 20:13. Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

  1. A shiftless sluggard will come to poverty.

Prov. 24:30 – 34. I went past the fields of a sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

  1. The sluggard finds excuses not to work; he rationalizes his behavior.

Prov. 26:13-16. The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.

  1. The sleep of a laborer is sweet.

Eccles. 5:12. The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.

  1. In the parable of the talents Jesus teaches us to serve him faithfully with the talents he gives to us.

Matt. 25:14-30.

  1. One who fails to provide for his family denies the faith.

1 Tim. 5:8. If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

  1. We must learn to work so that we may provide for daily necessities and live productive lives.

Titus 3:14. Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Tina as she is job hunting

Pray for Gwen and thyroid problems

Tiffani, who just gave her heart to Jesus and now has to make some difficult decisions about lifestyle

Laura Lee and her battle with cancer, Kim who is also fighting cancer and Robert who just found out today he has cancer.

And for Bobbi, who has just come to America and is battling culture shock.

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