We live in a culture that doesn’t glorify laziness. And even though we can let work get out of hand – it’s helpful to know that laziness is not a quality that God admires either. He wants us to do what we do with all our might because laziness will allow our life to pass by without ever experiencing significant accomplishment.
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord … Colossians 3:23.
A consequence of sin is that work is toil—the ground is cursed, filled with thorns, thistles, and weeds, and work is painful, sweaty, and laborious. That’s why we call it work. The difficulty of work is part of the judgment for sin, but hard work is honorable.
Wise King Solomon promoted it:
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…" Ecclesiastes 9:10
Paul commended it:
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.
The most positive work ethic comes from 2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed …
…let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Ephesians 4:28
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. Proverbs 28:19
Your work ethic? Do you give it your best shot? Or do you tend to do what you can to just get by?