Bible Verses

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. ” – Colossians 3:23
“For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:9
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

It is important to put major effort into your work.  Completing work with limited effort to satisfy earthly desires will cause future challenges for you and others.  Taking the time to review all your responsibilities and make sure you satisfy them properly will not only reduce your stress, but it prevents future challenges because sometimes reduced effort will not deliver the desired results.

It is tempting to complete your work quickly and not review it to make sure everything scheduled was accomplished.  Over time, this approach can lead to major challenges requiring much more work than if the work were completed properly the first time.

Another challenge is that sometimes when you do not make the effort to complete your work properly, it can affect others.  There are times when the work assigned to one person requires completed work from another person.  If the first work is not completed properly, it can affect the evaluation of the work completed by the second person.

It is important to stay focused when you are working and be careful to always do a complete job.  Other people are depending on your dedication.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Greg working with some of his salespeople

Greg works as a sales manager for a software company.  He has eight in-house salespeople and five telemarketers in his group.  Greg is responsible for managing the leads from the marketing group, training the sales team, and managing the overall sales effort.  His sales plan includes contacting major lead sources, conducting sales calls with his salespeople, and helping close sales. 

Greg started spending significant personal time during working hours.  It was easy for him to control the support he provided his salespeople.  They would not know that he was not spending time with other salespeople.  He made sure he logged enough calls to cover him. 

After a couple of months, the sales began to drop.  The salespeople worked on commission, so their incomes were reduced.  Some of the salespeople requested more help. Greg helped some of his people, but still spent a lot of personal time during working hours.  Then the sales total dropped more. 

Greg became worried and called his brother Bruce.  Bruce listened to Greg’s version of what was happening at his job.   Then Bruce asked Greg how much of his time was committed to supporting the salespeople.  Greg did not mention the lack of his personal work at first.  After Bruce continued to question Greg’s efforts, Greg realized that his lack of work had a major impact on sales.  His salespeople had to find another way to get help on their sales calls or lose sales. 

Greg thought very hard about the entire situation.  He decided to create a “Daily Planner” in excel.  He committed to himself to spend some time near the end of every day to enter the tasks for the next day including training, lead follow-up, cold calls, and misc. work.  Then during the next day, he could mark tasks as complete when he finished them and he included notes.

Within a week, the entire sales team became more efficient and by the end of the month the sales had increased by 15% for that month. 

Greg made sure he planned and completed his assigned tasks.  He reviewed the planner weekly and monthly to add and remove tasks to improve the performance of his team.  Greg saw how important it was for his work to be focused and how when he supported his team, his teammates improved their own performance. 

After this experience, Greg made sure he worked hard to complete all his work, for business, and personal, prior to relaxing.  He found that he enjoyed his off-hours much more when he knew that he was productive during his working time.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

It is important for you and everyone around you to complete your work thoroughly and you will enjoy your free time much more.  You will help everyone associated with you, and you will all benefit. Remember that completing your work properly affects many other people directly and indirectly.  

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.