Is there an advantage being a Christian in the workplace?
Does being a Christian entrepreneur mean anything?
What is the difference between “works” and “work” as pertaining to the Bible.
Work is when you are engaged in activity that produces results.
Works in the biblical sense is when you rely on your personal performance to deserve results or God’s blessings.
Unfortunately those who are opposed to receiving or teaching God’s grace confuse those two words.
They think Christianity is against working.
They don’t know Jesus is against “works” not “working”.
God gave Adam work to do in the garden i.e productive activity.
He didn’t say “Adam, until you don’t wake up at 4 a.m, sleep only 4 hours a day and work 16 hours, you won’t prosper. “
When he met Saul, he didn’t say “you better get delivered or ask me for forgiveness now or you won’t become the most successful apostle in the early church.”
What receiving Grace teaches us is that we work to be a blessing and God gives the increase.
If you don’t know this, you will feel condemned by the devil everytime you don’t “do enough.”
He will tell you “you only prayed for a few minutes this morning…you didn’t read more than a few verses of your bible this week….others are fasting and you are here eating, aren’t you speereetwa? aka spiritual”
Let’s follow what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
He didn’t say “it was my working 16 hours of the day that made me prosperous. “
He said “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
So you see, we work hard but the purpose is to be a blessing not to impress our Father or meet some kind of spiritual quota.