There is what I believe to be a general principle found in scripture as it applies to work. Paul says in Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. This principle applies to all believers, saying that when we work for others, we need to serve as we are serving God Himself.
I am thankful that I was raised in a home where my parents taught, but also exemplified, the ethics of hard work. I didn’t always like it at the time but have appreciated what I experienced.
My father didn’t ask me if I wanted to do work around the small farm but told me what to do and expected it to be done and if it didn’t get done there were consequences. It got to the point that there were many times I enjoyed working with my hands.
I always shared with folks that if a person will work hard, at least in this country, there is a bright future; such a person will stand out to their employer. It is those who apply themselves and end up doing more than being asked of them that will get the promotions and pay raises. In other words, the old saying, “the cream rises to the top” applies here.
Also, I believe what Paul is saying in the book of Colossians is the biggest reason why we ought to work hard is that it pleases our heavenly Father, but it is also a great witness tool to show that Jesus in ones’ life makes a big difference.