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The idea of work, or working, and tying it to success is a huge study topic all in its own. Hard work and being driven is usually associated with successful people. Everyday the world bombards us with its ideas of success either directly or subconsciously. Success as defined by the dictionary, "is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, whether good or bad." Some of these concepts are visual and are projected upon us, while others our minds fabricate through judgments, assumptions, and insecurities. Fancy cars, big houses, assets, net worth, degrees, power, influence, etc.
There are many motivating factors that drive the need for success. Emotional, physical, mental, and material are a few that encapsulate a broad picture. The Bible has over 40 verses that speak on the topic of work, deed, or toil, which makes it pretty important. Through the fall of man, God required us to toil and work all the days of our lives. In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about being a fellow worker with God in terms of ministers. As each of us are disciples of Christ we are all ministers as we go out into the world, interact with people, and are put into different situations in which to give glory to God.
"For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if a any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work." (1 Corinthians 3:9-13)
Another important verse is Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters; for he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." The term for money is an Aramaic term for profits or material possessions. Since God tolerates no rivals, Jesus repeatedly warns of the danger of accumulation riches (Matthew 13:22; 19:16-30; 26:14-16; 27:3-10; 28:11-15), which can be an idol. We must trust God to meet our needs and the community of disciples is to be mutually supportive.
The Bible outlines a path to spiritual success that will overflow into every area of our lives. It starts with wisdom.