Work

Genesis 2:2  By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

Genesis 2:15  Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.

Exodus 35:31-33,35.  “And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship;  to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work.  “He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.

John 17:4  “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.

Colossians 3:23  Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

 

When I was young I listened to a lot of older folk complain about work. Things like, it’s too hard, the boss is an idiot, too many hours, not enough money, and so on. Most of the people I knew hated work, they thought it was a curse of God. If they had anything to say other than a complaint, it was something like. Did I ever put one over on the boss, I really told him what he could do about the extra work load, I am a lot better bolt tightener, or whatever than John is, and so on. It was a rare one that said something like, I really like what I do, what I do for others, and the satisfaction I get out of it. Needless to say I grew up with an attitude similar to the adults around me. What kept me working was the money to buy things I wanted, plus the challenge, and good feelings about what I could do. I resolved this work issue in my mind  a long time ago by God’s Word, and help from Christian leaders. Hearing a sermon by Ravi Zacharias recently, got me to thinking about this issue again, which led me to creating this devotional. Work is a blessing, not a curse. According to God’s Word, even God worked, and still is. After creating man, God put him into the garden to tend it, and this was before they sinned, causing God to curse them and the whole universe. Work is not a bad thing but a good thing. God gave me, and others the skill, physical, and mental ability to work. God wants all people to be served with the things they need, and he is even happy giving them some of their wants. He wants everyone fed, clothed, and sheltered. This makes most work worthwhile, and who can do it but other people. Even Jesus worked, and his work in the flesh, for the Father was hard and demeaning. God’s work was easy for Him. Who should I work for? Jesus so I can please Him. The key for me is a proper spiritual attitude, whether I am a C.E.O for a large corporation, or a brick maker for Pharaoh.