God wants us to work
12.13.15 Well this post might make some people upset but just know I only write what God puts on my heart. This is something we talked a little about this in Sunday School this morning.
I know there are some people who may have some kind of disability or maybe some may have little kids and we all know how much day care is. I remember when we had little kids I didn't work a whole lot until they started school but I would babysit some kids in our home so I was bringing in a little money also. As soon as the kids were in school full time I got a job working full time also. There may also be some men who want their wives to stay home which is great as long as you can survive. I know I work every day and I feel good that I help.
The Bible states that God worked for six days and rested on the seventh day. These passages reveal that God was the first to do work on the earth. Therefore, legitimate work reflects the activity of God. Because God is inherently good, work is also inherently good (Psalm 25:8; Ephesians 4:28). Furthermore, Genesis 1:31 declares that, when God viewed the fruit of His labor, He called it “very good.” God examined and assessed the quality of His work, and when He determined that He had done a good job, He took pleasure in the outcome. By this example, it is apparent that work should be productive. Work should be conducted in a way that produces the highest quality outcome. The reward for work is the honor and satisfaction that comes from a job well done. Work done by Christians should give the world an accurate picture of God in righteousness, faithfulness, and excellence.
• Work is done not only to benefit the worker, but others also (Exodus 23:10-11; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Ephesians 4:28).
• Work is a gift from God and, for His people, will be blessed (Psalm 104:1-35; 127:1-5; Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, 5:18-20; Proverbs 14:23).
• God equips His people for their work (Exodus 31:2-11).
There has been much debate recently about societal responsibilities and obligations toward the unemployed, uninsured, and uneducated in our society. While many of those affected by economic downturns truly desire to work and can’t find employment, there are a number of U.S. citizens who have become generational welfare recipients, preferring to remain on the government dole. It is interesting to note that the biblical welfare system was a system of work (Leviticus 19:10; 23:22). The Bible is harsh in its condemnation of laziness (Proverbs 18:9). Paul makes the Christian work ethic abundantly clear: “If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially those of his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).
Working is part of God’s plan for us all. He told us about it right off the get go in Genesis 2:15 as it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)
“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” (Proverbs 12:11)
If all of the farmers stopped working, we would have no crops to buy and sell or to make new products with. The same thing applies to your own job. If you choose to go to work, you will receive your paycheck and will be able to purchase the things you need. If you choose not to work, then you will not be able to provide for yourself or your family.
“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!” (Psalm 90:17)
Pray to God and ask Him what He has planned for you. Give Him your desires and see if any doors open. God will establish the work of your hands if you seek His will. It may not be a job you would have chosen, but He will guide you to where He wants you to be.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
You should always work hard at your job, but not to please your bosses. The main focus should be on pleasing God.
Working is something that God calls us to do. We should all strive to do the best that we can at our jobs to showcase our faith to others. People will see Jesus in us if we work hard and show love to them.
So like I said in the beginning I hope you don't get upset with me about this blog but I just feel sometimes some people should try and at least work part time to help your husband or wife unless you are not able to work. I just feel that there are too many people who live on welfare instead of at least trying to do what God wants us to do.
Lord I come to You, I really don't know why You choose this topic for me to write about but I shouldn't question You. God please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.