Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Proverbs 23:4-5.
Working or labour is a hobby, work habit comes first before job description. Hardworking people are creative and smart workers. The first part of these verses is thought provoking. It may encourage indolence in some vain persons and hard-work in others. Labour is attested to but not for riches but for rewards. The love of money is the driver of most with vanity fair mentality. The service of God is the ambition of blessing seekers.The source of money determines the course of the same; vanity or eternity.
One goal but different drive; the labour is different.
Labour usually attract wages, service to God is crowned with blessing. Some receive wages for work not done, especially in corrupt systems. For those that must be blessed, labour is more and sure; covenant labour. “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God:for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”Deuteronomy 8:18.
Those that labour more recieve the least wages under the sun but not under the covenant. Ceasing from the wisdom of the world introduces covenant sense. Covenant labour delivers covenant results and durable riches. While one serves his boss face-fully for his pay, another serves the lord faithfully. Money becomes the master or a servant.
Those that serve God never lack the blessing, pay maybe deferred or denied. Power to get wealth is assured under the covenant. Blessing is power to get wealth. Serving God gives access to wealth & riches. Good and perfect is not an overreach but the covenant package. The richest is still the Almighty, your portion shall not be small. Wealth and riches is good and perfect when sorrow is excluded. No one will doubt your empowerment when you serve the God of Abraham.
Labour not to be rich but to be blessed.
“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”James 1:16-17