8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.
Revelation 3:8 (NLT)
8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Revelation 3:8 (NKJV)
It says in this wonderful verse that God is going open a door for you that no man can shut. It says that God knows and sees all the things that you do and have done in your life and that he is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. God is faithful. If you keep His word and don’t deny Him by giving Him everything you have, he will reward you openly. Open doors will begin to come before you and supernatural blessings will follow! It’s in His word!
14 Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
Proverbs 12:14 (NLT)
Our words are very powerful. If we are careful with our words and speak wise words, they can bring us benefits. Hard work generally leads to rewards. And it is definitely better than lazy work or no work at all. You can’t expect to succeed without hard work. Behind every successful person is a whole bunch of pain, struggle, and hard work that you might not have seen.
There’s a story about an artist who was sitting on the beach painting a beautiful painting of the ocean. A bystander was watching from start to finish. It took the talented artist maybe twenty minutes to finish the beautiful masterpiece of the ocean. The bystander asked if he could purchase the painting. The artist said, “It’s for sale for $1000.” The bystander balked and said, “but it only took you twenty minutes!” The artist replied, “yes, but it took an entire lifetime to get good enough to finish in twenty minutes.”
Hard work pays off.
3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was.
Acts 18:3 (NLT)
There’s nothing wrong with a pastor having two jobs. In fact, most pastors in America today are bi-vocational (have two jobs). Paul was a tentmaker besides being a minister. However, I believe that a pastor can be more effective when he or she can focus on serving God without having to worry about finances.
I believe the Bible is very clear about supporting ministers. But there’s also nothing wrong with a pastor having a second job. Sometimes, it’s just what it takes.
From the Life Application Bible:
Each Jewish boy learned a trade and tried to earn his living with it. Paul and Aquila had been trained in tentmaking, cutting and sewing the woven cloth of goats’ hair into tents. Tents were used to house soldiers, and so these tents may have been sold to the Roman army. As a tentmaker, Paul was able to go wherever God led him, carrying his livelihood with him. The word tentmaker in Greek was also used to describe a leatherworker.
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
From the Life Application Bible:
Carrying your worries, stresses, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility, however, to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let others in God’s family help you.
Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our own sin and foolishness are not God’s concern. But when we turn to God in repentance, he will bear the weight even of those struggles. Letting God have your anxieties calls for action, not passivity. Don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord, who controls circumstances.
23 Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23 (NLT)
Don’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. Do what you say you’ll do. That’s called integrity. Someone who does what they say they’ll do. Just talking and not following up with your words is not right.
Work brings profit. As Dave Ramsey says, “work is a sure-fire money-making scheme.” Don’t just talk about working. Go out there and do it!