We all should faithfully carry out the directives of those over us, and not just when they are watching. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men” as you provide for those in your care (Rom 12:11; Eph 6:5-8; Col 3:22-25; 1 Tim 6:1,2; Tit 3:14).
Christians should be known for their good workmanship and doing more than is expected – “Going the second mile” (Mt 5:41). Good work ethics involve living out the golden rule of “Doing to others what we would like them to do for us” (Lk 6:31). This requires consistent effort – motivated by the fact that God will be glorified, understanding the principle of sowing and reaping, while knowing satisfaction and success are the consequences of diligence which will culminate in heavenly rewards of “Well done good and faithful servant” for services rendered on earth (Prov 13:4, 22:29; Mt 25:21,23; Gal 6:7,8). The Bible calls us to keep our eyes on Christ our example who went to Calvary for us (Heb 12:1-3).
Effort pays off in the end
habits (Prov 31:10-31); Rebecca and Ruth diligently undertook what was at their hand to do. This resulted in their being noticed, which led to greater things in the economy of God as both married into the ancestral line of Jesus (Gen 24:14-20,66,67; Ruth 2:2,3, 4:13). David faithfully and attentively looked after the sheep, which included protecting them from predators. This experience, coupled with his faith in God, prepared him to conquer Goliath when the regular soldiers were incapacitated by fear (1 Sam 17:34-37,45-50). This victory ultimately resulted in David becoming king. Joseph diligently applied himself to the tasks assigned him and came into his ‘calling’. His story illustrates there can be a considerable time lapse between the ‘dream’ and the focused service is recognised so diligence needs to be paired with perseverance as Paul informed Timothy (Gen 37:5-11, 39:20-23, 41:40; 2 Tim 4:1-8).