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::Devotional:: ‘Looking For An Excuse Not To Work Hard?’

April 28, 2010

There used to be a commercial on TV that asked, “how do you spell relief?”  The answer was R-O-L-A-I-D-S.  Heartburn relief, stomach pain relief, even sore muscle relief.  Sometimes I find in my life that I look for relief from hard work, but in truth what I’m really looking for is an excuse to be lazy.  Ironically, a lot of hard work probably goes into searching for an excuse to be lazy when you think about it.  Let me share some motivation from God’s Word this morning on hard work.

The skinny on hard work from a biblical perspective is that it pays off.  That’s right, hard work pays off according to the scriptures.

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

I looked up the word “work” in my concordance and the root word means to hurt, pain, grieve, displease, and to vex.  Now those are some serious types of hard work don’t you think?  The kind of day where you crawl home at the end, longing for a hot shower and the bed!  You’re physically vexed.

I also looked up the word “profit” and it means abundance or to be left over.  Hard work brings abundance.  That’s a solid promise from God’s word.  The words talk and poverty mean exactly what you think they mean.  All talk plus no work equals nothing.  Literally.

Be encouraged from the word of the Lord this morning.  Put in a full, honest, hard days work as an act of worship to the Lord today.  No excuses not to work hard and to the best of your abilities.  Yes, you’ll be tired at the end of the day, but your hard work will have brought an abundance in so many areas.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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