100 Bible Verses about Working For God

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 186 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 150 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 142 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

John 5:17 ESV / 135 helpful votes

But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 129 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 124 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 122 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 119 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 116 helpful votes

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 111 helpful votes

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 99 helpful votes

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 93 helpful votes

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 93 helpful votes

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 92 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 91 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

1 Corinthians 3:9 ESV / 86 helpful votes

For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 83 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Philippians 2:12-16 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 76 helpful votes

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 75 helpful votes

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 74 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 70 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

John 6:27 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 64 helpful votes

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 63 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 63 helpful votes

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

2 Timothy 2:6 ESV / 53 helpful votes

It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 52 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 51 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 50 helpful votes

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

John 4:34 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 49 helpful votes

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 6:10-12 ESV / 49 helpful votes

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,

Genesis 1:31 ESV / 45 helpful votes

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

Romans 12:12 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Genesis 50:20 ESV / 40 helpful votes

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 6:4-5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

1 Corinthians 4:12 ESV / 39 helpful votes

And we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 ESV / 39 helpful votes

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.

Genesis 2:3 ESV / 39 helpful votes

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Let all that you do be done in love.

Romans 12:11-12 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

James 1:22 ESV / 35 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

John 14:12 ESV / 35 helpful votes

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Leviticus 23:22 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

Genesis 3:1-24 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ...

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 34:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

James 1:5 ESV / 30 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Hebrews 4:9-10 ESV / 29 helpful votes

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Colossians 3:3 ESV / 28 helpful votes

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

1 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Psalm 23:4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

James 4:3 ESV / 23 helpful votes

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

2 John 1:8 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.

1 Peter 3:13 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

Hebrews 6:1-10:39 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, ...

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Genesis 1:26-27 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Hebrews 1:3 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

1 John 1:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Titus 2:9-12 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

1 John 4:12 ESV / 17 helpful votes

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

Matthew 4:19 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

John 15:1-27 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ...

Matthew 28:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

James 1:27 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

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