The word of this week is 'WORK'.
I heard Pastor Rick Warren say the other day that it is estimated that the average person will spend 150,000 hours of their life at work. When you do the math--that is 51.3 years of 8 hour days at work. Some work less and some work more. However the point is not how much you work or how long you work or how hard you work or don't work. The point is why?
Why would a person spend over half their life working for something that in most cases the're too busy with work to enjoy and ultimately can't take with them?
I guess there are as many different answers to that question as their are people in the world. But it does cause one to pause, if only for a moment from work to ask; what am I working for?
Most might respond that it's to provide for their family. And that's a good thing so long as your greed doesn't exceed your needs. When that is allowed to occur, (and it is) your outflow will soon exceed your income and your upkeep will be your downfall.
Many work 'to get ahead' in life. But the question that should follow is; ahead of what? Ahead of who? Ahead of some earthly standard that is always shifting at best? We've seen it happen; just about the time you get all 'lined' up to score, someone moves the goal post. Ever felt that way?
Who told you that you were behind? How did you learn that? Could it be that it came from listening to the words of people around you who are being sucked into a world system that is largely controlled by the enemy of God? The world system under Satan's control is designed to separate you and me from God. it didn't just become that way, it's always been that way.
The 'system' of Satan presses upon each of us daily to 'get all we can while we can and can all we get so we can one day sit on our can'. That's the 'new deal' in a nutshell that almost every American has sold their soul, in some cases to buy into for over 75 years. And all for the purpose of 'getting ahead'. And the faster I go, the farther behind I get!
No child of God ever heard from God that they were 'behind' anything or anyone because we are all loved equally in His sight. God is more than able to provide exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think and will for those who purpose to honor Him and help others. Others include your family, your friends as well as those who do not yet fall into either category. In fact, God is more willing to bless us than we are willing to trust Him and be blessed. We don't have to leave the house 7 days a week mumbling, I owe, I owe, so off to work I go."
In case you are thinking of concluding that work is a sin and hard work is a great sin, hear the word of the Lord as the Apostle John recorded it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in John 5:17--"My Father has been working until now, and I (Jesus) have been working." We read and understand that the Holy Spirit is at work drawing people to God, as well.
God designed work and then made man in His own image to work, as well. "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it." Genesis 2:15 That's work!
God is at work through this article to remind you and me there is a purpose for everything under heaven and that includes work. "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24
So it's not a sin to work. It's not a sin to work hard. It's a sin to not work or to work for the wrong purpose or the wrong prize. "But if anyone does not work, let him not eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10b
"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he had denied the faith and is worse than an infidel." (unbeliever) 1 Timothy 5:8
We who believe are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Ephesians 2:10
We are God's fellow workers. 1 Corinthains 3:9
Jesus said, "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." John 9:4
So as we continue our work today or go off to work tomorrow, let's remember to work toward the things that last and work less for the things that will be left.
You won't be disappointed when the night comes!
May the Lord bless His life's work in you and through you continually!
1 Corinthians 15:58