Small Group Lesson
PROVERBS ON WORK
We recently learned that Proverbs has a lot to say about the value of hard work. Take turns reading the following Proverbs on work. Which ones stand out to you? Why?
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Q: Which Proverbs stood out to you? How could they be applied today? Did any of them make you think of a change that needs to take place in your life?
This next set of Proverbs could give us wisdom for how we do business and how we handle finances.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
Q: What principles for working on a team, or conducting business stick out to you in these Proverbs?
Lastly, read Proverbs 16:3—
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
We know that Proverbs are not promises. The story of Job reminded us that some people will commit their work to the Lord and they will still have hard times. Some Christians lose their jobs and go hungry. However, Proverbs are all generally true wisdom for life in God’s world.
Q: How can you “commit your work to the Lord” as Proverbs 16:3 says?
Take out a piece of paper and pen or open a note app on your phone. Make a list of every person in your life that is not a Christian. Silently to yourself, pray to God and ask him to help you think of every family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, acquaintance, or anyone else who have contact with that does not believe in Jesus. How many names are on your list?
God has placed you in these peoples' lives so that you can share his love and his gospel with them. You need to pray for the people on this list everyday. First, pray that God will give you wisdom in how to share gospel with them and opportunities to share with them. Second, pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare them and give them a heart that is hungry for God so that when you share the gospel they will believe and accept Jesus. You cannot save these people; only God can. Therefore, we need to pray! Commit to pray for these people everyday.
Encourage One Another:
What opportunities has God provided to lead others closer toward knowing Christ?
How have you seen God working in the lives of those you want to lead to Christ?
Pray for One Another:
Share at least one name of someone you want to win to Christ. If you know, share your next action step in leading them closer to knowing Christ (for example: invite them to church, take them out to dinner and share your testimony, study First Steps together, give them a Bible or Christian resources, etc.).
Commit to praying for one another every day: (1) For boldness and wisdom, (2) for opportunities, (3) for other’s open hearts.
Other Prayer Requests:
How can we pray for you?
Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.