Faith Encouragement

31 Days of Scripture Verses for Work

CTA - Christ to All /Jan. 01, 2022
31 Days of Scripture Verses for Work

By CTA – Christ to All  

We spend a great deal of time working—whether we receive payment or freely serve. Our Creator gave us work as a gift. Each of us is uniquely created and gifted for accomplishing different things. This post will give you encouragement and help you think about your work as a calling from God. Whether your work is for your family, church, employer, community, or world, it is your unique service, your unique blessing from our Lord.  

  1. “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 ESV).  

          Pray to God, “Teach me to serve with wisdom, being a good steward of              the resources you have given me.” 

  1. “The LORDGod took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15 ESV).

          Work was a central feature in Eden. Work and paradise are not mutually            exclusive! 

  1. “To this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God” (1 Timothy 4:10 ESV).

         Sin corrupts our work—making it stressful or challenging—but we work                for  an incorruptible God. 

  1. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV).

         Our Lord intends to bless us in our work and others around us through               our work.  

  1. “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:24 ESV).

         When no one else sees your long hours of hard work, your heavenly                   Father notices and is well pleased! 

  1. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it withyourmight” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV). 

         God opens specific doors of opportunity to you: your work for pay, your               family relationships, and the needs around you. 

  1. “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much” (Matthew 25:21 ESV).

          Keep on going, keep on serving because the audience we care most                  about is no earthly audience. 

  1. “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV).

         You truly are on a mission from God, whether you recognize it or not! 

  1. “Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13 NLT).

         Freed from our sins, we freely choose to serve on the job, in our family,               as citizens, or as neighbors.  

  1. “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16 ESV).

         Different seasons in life carry with them different emphases. To which                 callings are you most devoted right now? 

  1. “Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much” (Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV).

          God rewards our faithful labor with a spirit of contentment and                              satisfaction.  

  1. “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because onitGod rested from his work that he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:3 ESV). 

         We model our work after God. We work hard, but we also rest like he                 rested.  

  1. “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV).

         Our ability to enjoy our work, despite its challenges, is a gift from God. 

  1. “To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:14 ESV).

         Jesus invites us to lay our burdens beneath his cross. As forgiven people,           we persist in the vocations he has placed on our lives. 

  1. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1 ESV).

         We are called to serve all people, even if they are not of God’s family. 

  1. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV).

          Ask God for a gentle and forgiving spirit as you work today.  

  1. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10 ESV).

          Like the people who first read these words, you are called to believe, to              belong, and to be a blessing to those around you. 

  1. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10 ESV).

         You live in a specific place at a specific time among specific people. None           of it is an accident!  

  1. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV).

         God loves it when we share the results of our successes with others.                   That’s what Christ did for us! 

  1. “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings” (Proverbs 22:29 ESV).

         Nothing we do is left unnoticed by the Lord. Know that he will lift you up               for your faithfulness.  

  1. “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 ESV).

          You, Child of God, have received from your Creator a unique mix of                    interests, talents, experience, and abilities.  

  1. “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3 ESV).

         The world around us measures success in money or fame, but God calls             a life of service a success. 

  1. “Equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13 ESV).

          Your #1 job is not mother, mechanic, or assistant manager—it is servant              of the King! 

  1. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16 ESV).

         In everything you do, reflect Jesus to those around you.  

  1. “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints” (Hebrews 6:10 ESV).

         Do you appreciate others the way the Lord appreciates you? 

  1. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 ESV).

         When our work has us down or overwhelmed, we can breathe in the                   loving rest of Jesus.  

  1. “Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV).

         When you feel like giving up, don’t quit! God has not given up on you! 

  1. “Unless the LORDbuilds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORDwatches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1 ESV). 

         Place all your work in God’s hands. Experience true success! 

  1. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV).

          God made us so that we may serve him. He works on us, so that we may            work for him and others. 

  1. “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us” (Psalm 90:17 ESV).

         Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of work, how it provides for me                         financially and how it benefits others.  

  1. “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (John 6:27 ESV).

          Even as we work, we can pursue our eternal destiny—a relationship with            God that endures forever.

Editor’s note: The text of 31 Verses for Work is adapted from Faith That Works Softcover Devotion Book by Jane L. Fryar  

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