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By:  Blackaby

What kind of mental image does the word work conjure up for you? Do you think of work in a negative sense? If that’s your view, you’ll work just until you’ve met the minimum requirement or until you’ve earned enough money to do what you really want to do. You’ll see work as a necessary evil merely to be endured until it’s time to play. You’ll always try to get the most return for the least effort. If that’s your opinion of work, you still have some growing to do.

The Bible presents work as a positive thing. Regardless of the pay, or whether there is any compensation at all, work is a good thing in itself. When you do your best at a job, whatever job it is, it does something good for you. But if you put in just enough effort to get by, you will never become the best person you can be.

You may be thinking, But what about the alcoholics? They work too much, and they neglect their health and their families. That’s true. It’s a question of quality, not quantity. You can definitely do too much work, but you can never do too good a job of your work. No matter what God calls you to do, give it your best effort. Never settle for mediocrity; establish excellence as your standard. You don’t have to work all the time, but never settle for anything less than giving a job your best.

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. – Prov. 22: 29


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