SERIES: Wisdom From Proverbs
TEXT: Proverbs 6:6-11 (NIV)
MESSAGE: “How to Redeem Your Work”
As we look through today’s text, we see that we can be wise with our work when we understand what it is for.
Question for today: How do I have a wise view of my work and trust God for any circumstance with it?
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no 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 on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
1. Work Diligently
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
2. Work Motivated
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
“The habit of thinking about work as something one does to make money is so ingrained in us that we can scarcely imagine what a revolutionary change it would be to think about it instead in terms of the work done…We should ask of an enterprise, not “will it pay?” but “is it good?”; of a man, not “what does he make?” but “what is his work worth?”; of goods, not “Can we induce people to buy them?” but “are they useful things well made?”; of employment, not “how much a week?” but “will it exercise my faculties to the utmost?” And shareholders in –let us say – brewing companies, would astonish the directorate by arising at shareholders’ meeting and demanding to know, not merely where the profits go or what dividends are to be paid, not even merely whether the workers’ wages are sufficient and the conditions of labor satisfactory, but loudly and with a proper sense of personal responsibility: ‘What goes into the beer?’” – Dorothy Sayers
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
3. Work Redeemed
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
Galatians 3:13 [ESV]
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
TAKEAWAYS: What can we apply to our lives?
- Work for Jesus, not for anyone else.
- Work motivated for the community.
- Be diligent with honor and glorify Christ.