“Yet now be strong Zerubbabel,” says the Lord; “and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,” says the Lord, “and work; for I am with you,” says the Lord of hosts. – Haggai 2:4
Zerubbabel and Joshua were pretty good guys. In fact, one of their strongest characteristics was their work ethic, which was evident in their leading of the Israelites to rebuild the Temple. But the effort came to a screeching halt when the people gave up. So God sent this message to them: Be strong everybody and work! I am with you!
God was encouraging them to hang in there. Yes, the work was hard at times, maybe all the time. But He wanted them to do it. To that end, He promised that His Spirit would be with them just as it was when they came out of Egypt (Haggai 2:5).
Our work ethic tells a lot about us. It affects our setting of goals and objectives. It shows in our keeping of personal commitments. It impacts the way we do, and finish, a job. It’s part of our character and a defining characteristic of our integrity.
Strive to balance your work ethic with a volunteer spirit. Never give up – the kingdom needs you today. Remember, God’s promise is meant for us, too: Be strong, my son, and work! I am with you!