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August 7, 2022 Sermon Notes and Questions

Wise Up!
Wk 8 “The Value of Hard Work” 
Proverbs 3:4; 14:23; 14:31; 20:4; 21:25; 22:29
August 7, 2022       
John Arobio

 

The last seven weeks we have been looking at many aspects of wisdom. From Fearing God as the basis of knowledge, taming the tongue, building relationships, repairing them and last week it was listening. Today we will be looking at something than many people do not want to hear.

To be honest, most of us do not like to hear this either even if we know it is true. That is wisdom about hard work.

Let us look at what the bible has to say about hard work We will look at both the old and new testaments.

First thing we need to realize is that God made us for hard work. The work got harder after Adam’s sinned and God cursed the earth and after the flood.

 

“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow, you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”    (Genesis 3:17-19)

 

“The cravings of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.” (Proverbs 21:25)

 

From these verses we can easily see that God planned for us to work. We are not just to get everything for free, we have to work to live. Because of sin that came into the world because of man’s sin we have had to work harder.

The second thing is the work is not just to be done but is to be done well.

 

“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23)

 

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” (Proverbs 22:29)

 

The results that you get from work depends on the hard work that you put into it. The more that you put into the work the better result that you get expect to get out of it. If you only put a little effort into something, then you should not expect to get the best result from it.

 

Maya Angelou said: “Nothing will work unless you do.”

 

The Third Thing is: when we work to improve things in the world then we can make a difference.

Nothing is accomplished without someone working to make it happen. Things to not just happen out of nowhere by chance. Usually, it takes a lot of hard work by someone or by many people.

 

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.””

(Acts 20:35)

 

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and admonish you.” (1Thesselonians 5:12)

 

We through hard work make a difference in the secular world too. It was through the hard work of many Christians that many hospitals and schools were started. A great many of the charities in the world do today were started by and run by Christians. We show our love for people by helping them and meeting their needs where they are at.

The fourth and last thing: is that when we work hard we honor God.

“He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1 John 4:21)

People see us as we are working, and they form their opinions of God based on what they see we do. If we are loving and work hard then they will see a God who values and expects these things. If we do not work hard, do very sloppy work and do not show any love or care for people then that is how they will see God.

The Bottom Line: Hard work pays off. It pays off in two ways. One it benefits us and others materialistically and spiritually, and two it pleases God and brings other to Him.

 

  1. Are people made for hard work?  Why or why not?  Read Genesis 3:17-19, does this scripture change or highlight your answer of the first question?
  2. Read Proverbs 21:25, what does this scripture mean to you?  What are some things that we crave that can “be the death” of us?
  3. As Christians is it important that we work well?  Read Colossians 3:23, have you ever had to work at something “as working for the Lord”?  Please share with the group if so.
  4. For the statement, “The more that you put into something the more you will get out of it”.  Is this statement always true?  Why or why not?  Can you provide specific examples?
  5. Is there anything we “HAVE” to do after accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior? Why or why not?
  6. Can our work honor God?  If so in what ways?
  7. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12, have you acknowledged anyone who has admonished you?  What tends to get in the way of this instruction from Paul?
  8. Read Acts 20:35, does the world believe “it is more blessed to give than to receive”?  Do most Christians believe this statement?
  9. Please continue to pray for our country, it’s leaders at all levels, the Church, our church and it’s leadership that we would all continue to seek God’s Will.