Today, take time to pray about your current balance between work and rest. Ask God to reveal the areas that are not aligned with His plan for your life … Read more
The definition of hard work can sometimes get dark or scary. When we think about working hard we feel that the internal need we all have for vacations screams insatiably until we want to leave.
The bad perspective of “Hard work” makes us forget Colossians 3:23 “When you do any job, do it wholeheartedly, as if you were working for the Lord and not for human beings.
But even to rest and work God created the perfect balance ; On the one hand, it is working without stopping, thinking that this is the way to achieve our material goals, this makes us struggle and feel very exhausted. On the other hand, it is letting laziness be part of the day to day and not being diligent, this gives us a heart that is not eager to excel and that does not expect to do “all things for the Lord”
In any case, we end up feeling frustrated.
We serve a God who created the earth and everything in it from nothing in six days. God gave us a model of work — energetic and, above all, creative : hard work followed by rest (You can read Genesis 1 to learn more about this story)
His perfect model teaches us:
- Work is not bad as long as we work hard so that what we do (in any area) will bring glory to God.
- His faithful word has taught us through the Bible that hard work brings blessings.
- We cannot live 100% of our life modeled on the first six days of creation and ignore the seventh day.
Today, take time to pray about your current balance between work and rest. Ask God to reveal the areas that are not aligned with His plan for your life, areas where you work a lot and rest a little, or areas where you rest a lot and work a little. Spend time working with the Holy Spirit to achieve the perfect balance.
Eliminate all the things that He leads you to eliminate and add anything new that He puts in your heart. Ask God to show you how you can magnify His name through your work on those projects, and ask forgiveness for the times when insatiable work or laziness have filled and defocused your heart.