Jesus Had a Work to Do that Brought Glory to the Father
 "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. john 17:4 (NKJV)

Jesus Came to Help Us with the Burden of Labor
 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." matt 11:28-30 (NKJV)

God Calls Us to Examine Our Work
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load. gal 6:3-5 (NKJV)

Our Labor in the Lord is Not in Vain
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 cor 15:58 (NKJV)

Our Labor Is Designed to Allow Us to Help Meet Other’s Needs
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. eph 4:28 (NKJV)

God Calls Us to Work in Order to Provide for Our Families
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 1 2 thess 3:10-13 (NKJV)

We Were Created to do Good Works
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. eph 2:10 (NKJV)

There Is A Reward for Doing Our Work Well
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. rev 22:12 (NKJV)

Our Work is a Ministry through Our Gifts and Calling
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. eph 4:11-16 (NKJV)

All that We Do Is a Ministry Unto the Lord – Including Our Work
Let every detail in your lives— words, actions, whatever— be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. col 3:17 (Message)

There Is An Inheritance and Reward for Being Faithful to Our Work
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. col 3:23-24 (NKJV)


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