Today and tommorow, we’re going to get some balance by seeing what other Bible passages have to say about work.
Gen 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Rom 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Eph 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; (6) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; (7) With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: (8) Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Col 3:22-25 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: (23) And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (24) Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (25) But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
A Brighter View of Work
In contrast to the dim view of work that Solomon offers, other Bible passages offer a more encouraging view of work. Some folks think that work is part of God’s curse on man when Adam fell into sin. Notice, though, that God planned for man to work, even before the fall.
Have you ever though about what Jesus Christ did with most of His life? Was your answer preaching, teaching, or healing? No, Jesus spent more time as a carpenter than He spent doing anything else. God’s Son spent over a decade doing manual labor. It’s hard to imgine the Son of God coming to Earth and wasting His time.
Finally, good work is an act of worship. Christians are to do their work “as to the Lord.” That’s why we are supposed to put our heart into it. Not to get rich, not for a promotion, but in a sincere desire to obey and honor God.
What About You?
- Do you believe in the dignity of your work, even if it is manual labor?
- Is your work an act of worship?