How Faith and Work Are Complementary

It seems that faith and work are perceived as contradictory in the business world. People think that trusting God doesn’t require that you follow good business practices. Or they think that putting in disciplined effort means that you don’t trust God to provide. The truth is that faith and work complete each other.

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You can demonstrate how your faith impacts your work and how your work reinforces your faith. You don’t have to choose one over the other—because faith and work are complementary.

Here are three steps for meaningfully pursuing both your faith and work.


1. Work hard and smart


God says that you should work hard. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says you should put in the effort to do whatever you find to do. And Colossians 3:23 says you should work hard at whatever you do as if you did it for the Lord and not for a boss.

God also says you should be smart about our work. Jesus said his disciples should be wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16). And Jesus said you should learn how to do your work better by learning from the ways of the world (Luke 16:8).

You should use all of your faculties to do your work. Because God wants you to work hard and smart.


2. Trust God for the increase


At the same time that you work hard and smart, you should also trust God in the midst of your work because God rewards your labor (1 Corinthians 3:7). God says that you will reap what you will sow (Galatians 6:7)—if you don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).

God will provide for you when you do His work the way He wants it done. So you can trust God for the increase as a result of all of your work.


3. Use your work as ministry


When you work hard and smart and you trust God for the increase, you will do God’s work God’s way. In the process, you will honor God and also bless others (2 Corinthians 9:10-13).God wants to work through you. And God will use you to achieve His ends when He sees He can trust you to use your work for His purposes.

Your work will be a ministry when you decide to combine your faith and work into doing ministry. Because your faith and work are complementary.


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