What the Bible Says About Working
2 THESSALONIANS 3, VERSE 10
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
ECCLESIASTES 9, VERSE 10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
COLOSSIANS 3, VERSE 23
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
PROVERBS 16, VERSE 3
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
The Bible provides strong instruction for his people that we should work and not be lazy. Working, is a God sanctioned and encouraged activity. The Lord also declares that there is a blessing in working. As with all things, there is always the chance that we will use work for something other than what it was meant. The Bible provides basic guidelines that are intended to provide the right approach to working. The first three verses above tell us the importance of work, and that is to work to eat, to work unto the Lord, and to work with all our might. The fourth verse tells us that when we commit our work to the Lord (not ourselves, or to others), that our thoughts will be established. What does that mean? When we work diligently and mightily, we will discover ideas to better accomplish things. Other ideas will also come regarding personal progress and achievement. When those ideas are accompanied by a commitment to the Lord, our ideas will be realized.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
Working is a responsibility and a privilege. Everyone should work, including the young, the middle aged and old alike. The type of work we undertake will vary at different times in our lives, but it will still be work. Let us not be slow to execute our individual responsibilities; instead, let us do them unto the Lord, with all of our might. Whether it be jobs at home or jobs away from home, let us work using the best of our abilities, so that we may please God.
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