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Bible verses about overworking

As Christians we are to be hardworking, but we all need rest. We are never to be workaholics, which usually happens because people start seeking riches instead of serving God. There’s nothing wrong with money and even though it is hard, it is possible to be rich and be Christian.

It is always sinful to love money. God does not share His glory. Not only is it sinful it is dangerous as well. Working too much does indeed cause stress and health problems. While laziness is indeed a sin don’t kill yourself by overworking. Never allow the desire for material possessions stop you from spending time with your family.

Never allow it to hinder your relationship with Christ. When you overwork you spend less time with God in prayer. Slowly your prayer life diminishes until it is non-existent, be very careful.

Ask God for wisdom and help for a good work ethic. All Christians must remember that it is God who provides for us. If God told you to do something stop trying to overwork and do everything in your own strength. It doesn’t matter what you do if God doesn’t bless it, then it will not work.

When doing God’s will in our lives yes we our to work hard, but we are to ask the Lord to bless the work of our hands. We are to seek Him in prayer and say God I know I can’t do anything in the arm of the flesh.

I need your help. When you trust God with whatever he has called you to do then, you will not overwork yourself because you know it is God that is holding you up. 


There are many good reasons to work

1. Psalm 128:2 You will eat from the work of your handsyou will be happy, and it will go well for you.


What does the Bible say?

2. Psalm 127:1-2 A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

3. Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

4. Ecclesiastes 3:12–13 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

5. Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of the laborer is pleasant–whether he eats little or much–but the wealth of the rich will not allow him to sleep.


Do not serve money

6. Matthew 6:23-24 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

7. Matthew 6:19-21 “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

8. Luke 12:13-15 One of the people said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the riches that our father left us.” Jesus said to him, “Friend, who has told Me to say who should get what?” Then Jesus said to them all, “Watch yourselves! Keep from wanting all kinds of things you should not have. A man’s life is not made up of things, even if he has many riches.”

9. Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”


We all need rest

10. Exodus 23:12 “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

11. Genesis 2:1-4 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.


When you overwork it is dangerous and bad for your health. Why have an early death?

12. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a house of God where the Holy Spirit lives? God gave you His Holy Spirit. Now you belong to God. You do not belong to yourselves. God bought you with a great price. So honor God with your body. You belong to Him.

13. Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?



14.  Ecclesiastes 5:16-17 And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing–like working for the wind. Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud–frustrated, discouraged, and angry.

15. Psalm 90:17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

16. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

17. Romans 12:1-2 I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.

18. 1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order.


The curse of painful toil.

19. Genesis 3:17-19 He told the man, “Because you have listened to what your wife said, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You are not to not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground because of you. You’ll eat from it through pain-filled labor for the rest of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you’ll eat the plants from the meadows. You will eat food by the sweat of your brow until you’re buried in the ground, because you were taken from it. You’re made from dust and you’ll return to dust.”


Moses was overworking himself.

20. Exodus 18:13-24 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.

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