ELEMENTS, pt. 21—Wk
God is a WORKER
At the beginning, God didn’t have to make anything, but chose to create the universe for His own creative pleasure and satisfaction (Gen. 1:31; Rev. 4:11). God sets the standard of work— personal pleasure comes from personal performance.
God made WORK
Before sin, work was originally designed to produce quantity and quality without pain or strain (Gen. 2:15; 3:17). Over 2/3rds of life is taken up with sleeping, working, seeking work, or training to work. As God has tied survival to labor, humans are built to work, so the what is less important than the why. Health, intelligence, and opportunity are all gifts from God to be used to glorify Him. Don’t work to make a living, work to make a life. Don’t seek a life of greatest leisure, but a life of greatest legacy. Human work should mirror divine work. Do all work with effort and excellence to the best of your ability, as these get recognized and rewarded (Prov. 2:29). Every occupation and season of life (teen job to retirement) is a gift from God to make the most of life (Eccl. 9:10; Eph. 5:15, 16).
Work is a BLESSING
Work is not designed just to bless the worker but others as well. Expanded influence and affluence should be used for God’s kingdom as He is the provider of wealth (Deut. 8:18; Eccl. 5:19). Generosity for God’s goodness should be a priority. God doesn’t expect equal results but equal sacrifice (Matt. 25:14-30). God uses our skill and our setting to reach others. This means a believer’s work is his mission, and his job site, his mission field. Working is good and it is good to work. Boredom produces wickedness, and able-bodied laziness produces poverty and addiction to governmental institutions, which brings God’s displeasure (Prov. 10:4, 5; 12:11; 12:24; 14:23; 2 Thess. 3:6-10; 1 Tim. 5:8). Not all forms of making money is legitimate work (theft, prostitution, drugs, illegal or immoral activity). Biblical work is labor, whether paid or not, like stay-at-home moms, CEO’s, or retired persons (Prov. 14:1; 31:15-20). People shouldn’t live to work but prioritize their time correctly and give 100% attention to whatever they are doing. Front load your week, and manage your schedule to give your best to God!