<<busy, hardworking>>

We are to make the most of the time and opportunities available to us to present Christ to those who do not know Him, and serve the body of Christ, being passionate about doing good works (Eph 5:15,16; Col 4:5; Tit 2:14). Although there is a need for rest and relaxation, we should certainly be vitally involved and productive in the Kingdom of God fulfilling our calling or ministry. Will I receive a “Well done, good and faithful servant” for my efforts? (Mt 25:21,23).

Don’t be lacking in zeal, rather creatively explore opportunities and ideas (Rom 12:11). Thinking through the challenges and opportunities of life in an innovative fresh way can give rise to breakthroughs in technology or a trade advantage and advancement in employment. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Prov 14:23). The same applies to the ministries of the church.

The Bible mentions the busy ants that laboriously store up food for winter and the activities of an industrious wife who was motivated through love to provide for her family (Prov 6:6-8, 31:10-31).

Paul was also busily employed, endeavouring not to be a financial burden on others, for his rule was “If you don’t work, you don’t eat” (1 Thes 2:9; 2 Thes 3:6-12). It is our responsibility to contribute to life and society. If you are unable to gain paid employment, offer yourself in a voluntary capacity to a worthwhile community organisation. The right

Your labour in the Lord is not in vain – 1 Corinthians 15:58

motivation is “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col 3:23). Even Jesus said, “God is still working and so am I” (Jn 5:17).

See also: actions/activity, being and doing, busy, creativity, diligent, employment, idleness, initiative, ministry, motive/motivation, rest, reward, work.