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Week 5: Working Hard and Working Smart
Today’s Easy Task: Evaluate if your work builds or damages character
How to complete this task:
- Complete today’s task reading
- Pray today’s prayer
- Read today’s scriptures
- Evaluate if the way you worked today built or damaged character
- Think of ways to improve your character
Today’s Task Reading:
Yesterday, we mentioned how we want to be hardworking like an ant and not lazy. In today’s task we will focus on building Godly character. We are not building character when we rush through work, leaving it incomplete, only doing it when it’s fun, taking too long to complete it, and half doing it. We are building character when we work persistently, with completeness, with honest, keeping our word, with enthusiasm and efficiency.
It’s important that we make decision that aligns ourselves with God’s Plan. That includes studying God’s word, praying God’s work, paying attention to God’s small voice and following our heart.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 says “In the morning, sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” As we minister, God will guide and protect. God knows how we should manage our affairs and know what best for us.
Honor God and trust God in every aspect of our life. If we lack wisdom, James 1:5 says ask God for wisdom and He will give it to us generously without judgment. If we have gone through improper means to gain wealth, such as debt and laziness, it will lead us to destruction. So let us take heed to God’s instruction so we can have abundant life (Ephesians 4:17-24).
We need to believe that all will work out even when it appears that heaviness is on us. Think about the story in Mark 4:35-41 that talks about when the disciples and Jesus was in the boat and a storm came which made the disciples afraid. Although Jesus was with them, they were fearful that they would not survive the storm. As Christian we shouldn’t allow circumstances to give us security, but rely on God to be our security. We must know that everything we workout for our good (Romans 8:28).
If we are honest and do the right thing even when no one is looking, God can trust us be a great worker for Him. It makes sense, because everything belongs to God. It’s God’s money and He is allowing us to use it. So we should look to God and not people for our source of money.
The purpose of working is to build Godly character. As we work we should show Godly speech, conduct, love, faith and purity. Those actions build character and character leads to discipline. A great rule of thumb when it comes to controlling our expenses is by categorizing 1/3rd of income to expenses, 1/3 of income to saving and investing (if you don’t have debt) and 1/3 of income to giving. Another great rule of thumb to get your daily pound of fruit and veggies everyday is include fresh/frozen smoothies, juice, salads and wraps in your meal plan.
Today’s Prayer: God, You are a character builder and we need You to help us build character. Help us work persistently, with completeness, with honest, keeping our word, with enthusiasm and efficiency. Forgive us when we rushed through work, leaving it incomplete, only doing it when it’s fun, taking too long complete it, and half doing work. Help us to forgive others that fell short in their character as You have forgiven us. Help us to commit our ways to You forever and always. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Today’s Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 11:6, James 1:5, Ephesians 4:17-24, Mark 4:35-41,Romans 8:28
Ecclesiastes 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.
James 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Ephesians 4:17-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
The New Man
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [a]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:17 NU omits the rest of
Mark 4:35-41 New King James Version (NKJV)
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace,[a] be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How[b] is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Mark 4:39 Lit. Be quiet
Mark 4:40 NU Have you still no faith?
Romans 8:28 New King James Version (NKJV)Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
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