Recently I had the opportunity to teach our teens during Teens for Christ. As I pondered over what to teach, I prayed for God’s guidance. In my spirit I felt the need to teach our teens some practical lessons about life.
I’m not sure how much they got out of the lesson or how much they will retain, but hopefully the Lord used me to say something that will make them think and perhaps help them make the right choices.
The lesson I taught them was on the value of hard work. I labeled my lesson – “God Blesses Hard Work.” Consider these words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs –
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. NIV
We live in a day when fewer and fewer are willing to work. Many think they are entitled to a free handout. Yet the Bible teaches us that God blesses hard work. When looking for a way to illustrate this, God turned to the lowly ant. Many of us have witnessed the busyness of ants. Constantly they are on the go. Though we might give little thought to their activity, Solomon tells us that they are working diligently in order to gather their food for winter. They are not sitting back, waiting for someone else to bring them a meal. They are busy working and God is blessing their work by providing for them all they need. Notice what else Solomon has to say about the importance of working.
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5 A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. NLT
It might surprise some of us to learn that God created work ‘before’ Adam and Eve sinned. The Bible says that when God first created man, He placed him in the Garden of Eden to “work it and take care of it.” (Gen 2:15) Work was a part of Adam’s worship. By being faithful to care for the Garden, he was demonstrating his humble submission to his Creator. Paul tells us – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” (Col 3:23 ESV) How you and I work Monday through Friday is as important to God as how we worship on Sunday.