Proverbs 14:23 asserts an important work principle when it declares: “All hard work brings a profit.” In this verse God promises that all hard work performed under his governance will always pay off.
The profit God speaks of in this verse is what is left over when your work is complete. It’s the impact of your efforts, both the near and the far-reaching; it’s the gain from your labor.
Your work will always bring a reward to God, self, and others—no matter what.
For most of us, work assures a profit in the form of a regular pay check. Pay checks are nice and big pay checks are even nicer. Proverbs 28:19 says, “He who works his land will have abundant food.”
But God’s profit is not limited to pecuniary gain. Financial reward can be part of your profit, but it isn’t the whole profit, and this is what God wants you to understand. For example, teachers earn paychecks, but their students go on to lead better lives as the result of what they learned in their teacher’s classroom; farmers sell their crops for a profit, but their labor feeds the nations; a construction worker is paid to build a house, but the house will be the home for a growing family. Health care workers heal; leaders inspire; policemen protect, etc.
God intends for the impact of your labors to be good, wide-spread, and long-lasting.
The profit from your labor can be realized immediately or much later—it can even live on for years after you, the worker, are gone. Your work can be a blessing to your family, your employer, co-workers, customers, your neighbors and community, and to others whom you do not even know.
The profit from your honorable work will always come, at some time and to somebody. Why? Because God says so.The overall fruits of your labor are never small things.
The impact of your good work is much larger than the task at hand and the paycheck at the end of the day.
Whether you are a paid employee or a volunteer doing an act of service; whether your work seems insignificant or unappreciated at the time, the profit God promises in Proverbs 14:23 is guaranteed.
Find the larger profit in your everyday work.