Ephesians 5 is a model chapter for living. Recently the 15th & 16th verses popped out at me; “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…”
Consider similar scriptures.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…”
Genesis 2:15 “…God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
Psalm 90:17 “…establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.”
Proverbs 12:11 “Those who work their land will have abundant food…”
Proverbs 12:24 “Diligent hands will rule…”
Proverbs 14:23 “All hard work brings a profit…”
1 Timothy 4:10 “…why we labor and strive…”
1 Timothy 5:8 “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
2 Timothy 2:6 “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops”
2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed…”
1 Corinthians 9:24 “…Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
Think About it
Many expect (or at least hope for) things to be easy. That expectation eventually clashes with reality and is not scripturally supported. Scriptures confirm the concept of heavy lifting required for things you are called to. There’s no easy button for it.
I often hear how starting or managing a church security program is thankless and like pushing a big rock (or many small rocks, or a rope) up a long hill. It can be stressful. Volunteers are, well — they’re volunteers. Stuff happens. Attitudes, missed training, complacency. Covid.
If you’re called to it, put your shoulder into it. If not, step aside and let someone who is called do it.
You can find encouragement from scriptures too;
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous…”
Deuteronomy 31:7 “…Be strong and courageous…”
Joshua 1:3 “I will give you every place where you set your foot…”
Joshua 1:7 “Be strong and very courageous…”
Joshua 1:9 “…Be strong and courageous…”
Joshua 1:18 “…Only be strong and courageous!”
If it was easy the Deacons would do it.