Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.
Commit your works to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
Everything you do should be done in love.
So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
The blessing from the LORD makes a person rich,
and he adds no sorrow to it.
The diligent person will rule,
but the slothful will become a slave.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away,
but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.
And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work.
I have concluded that there is nothing better for people
than to be happy and to enjoy
themselves as long as they live,
and also that everyone should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all his toil,
for these things are a gift from God.
May our sovereign God extend his favor to us!
Make our endeavors successful!
Yes, make them successful!
Watch out, so that you do not lose the things we have worked for, but receive a full reward.
In all hard work there is profit,
but merely talking about it only brings poverty.
Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.
Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arenʼt you more valuable than they are?
To every man whom God has given wealth, and possessions,
he has also given him the ability
to eat from them, to receive his reward and to find enjoyment in his toil;
these things are the gift of God.
For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?
I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people:
to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work on earth
during the few days of their life which God has given them,
for this is their reward.
Then I considered all the skillful work that is done:
Surely it is nothing more than competition between one person and another.
This also is profitless - like chasing the wind.
But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of Godʼs grace.
Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name, in having served and continuing to serve the saints.
I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father.
Slaves are to be subject to their own masters in everything, to do what is wanted and not talk back, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, in order to bring credit to the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters Godʼs rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works.
The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need
Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life - the food which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.”
Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. For each one will carry his own load.
The one who works his field will have plenty of food,
but whoever chases daydreams lacks wisdom.
The appetite of the sluggard craves but gets nothing,
but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.
I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.