Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
1. Work hard. Hard work is the best investment a man can make.
Ezra 5:8 NLT
“The king should know that we went to the construction site of the Temple of the great God in the province of Judah. It is being rebuilt with specially prepared stones, and timber is being laid in its walls. The work is going forward with great energy and success.”
2 Thessalonians 3:6-7 TLB
“Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by his authority: Stay away from any Christian who spends his days in laziness and does “not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for you.”
Proverbs 13:4 NLT
“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”
Psalm 127:2 AMPC
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.”
I Corinthians 15:58 AMPC
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].”
2. Study hard. Knowledge enables a man to work more intelligently and effectively.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV
“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.”
# 1 Study. . .make it your personal ambition
#2 Be quiet. . .restful. . .free from outside distractions
#3 Mind your own business. . .be accountable for your own life
#4 Work with your hands. . . be productive.
#5 Follow God’s instructions
1 Thessalonians 4:12 KJV
“That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”
3. Have initiative. Ruts often deepen into graves.
Matthew 7:12 MSG
"Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”
4. Love your work. Then you will find pleasure in mastering it.
David Frost, the television personality, once said:
“Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
Ecclesiastes 3:22 CEV
“We were meant to enjoy our work, and that's the best thing we can do. We can never know the future.”
Al Lopez, the Hall of Fame baseball player and manager, once said:
“Do what you love to do and give it your best. . .If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it.”
5. Be exact. Slipshod methods bring slipshod results.
Genesis 27:8 NLT
“Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you.”
Exodus 25:9 NLT
“You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.”
6. Have the spirit of conquest. Thus you can successfully battle and overcome difficulties.
You will never win a battle that you’re afraid to fight.
Isaiah 41:10 AMPC
“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”
Romans 8:37 KJV
“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.”
7. Cultivate personality. Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower.
Proverbs 20:27 AMPC
“The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.”
Philippians 2:5 CEV:
“And think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.”
Ephesians 3:16 AMPC
“May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].”
8. Help and share with others. The real test of business greatness lies in giving opportunities to others.
Hebrews 13:16 MSG
“Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of "sacrifice"—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.”
Ephesians 6:8 AMPC
“Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.”
9. Be democratic. Unless you feel right toward your fellow men, you can never be a successful leader of men.
Galatians 6:10 AMPC
“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers].”
Luke 6:31 AMPC
“And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them.”
10. In all things do your best. The man who has done his best has done everything. The man who has done less than his best has done nothing.
Proverbs 21:31 MSG
“Do your best, prepare for the worst— then trust God to bring victory.”
Colossians 3:22 MSG
“Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn't cover up bad work.”
Perhaps Charles Schwab’s most famous quotation was:
“A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing."