As the old adage goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” But there are four truths of work that your education probably didn’t teach you. Make time today and read the verses mentioned below so you are ready for work, God’s way.
1. Work is a gift
God created the man with a purpose: to enjoy fellowship with God and offer worship to God through work. Work existed before the Fall and susequent Curse (Genesis 1:26-28 & 2:15). After the Fall, not all was lost, for a profitable career and joyful work experience is still one of God’s greatest earthly blessings to mankind (Ecclesiastes 2:24 & 3:22)
2. Work has been cursed
All work, from scrubbing toilets to stock trading, is cursed and all workers from scuba instructors to overpaid actors experience bad days at work (Genesis 3:17-19). This cursedness is quite unavoidable and very necessary to keep us from finding fulfillment in this life. Instead the very cursedness of work is a reminder not to miss out on salvation and an opportunity to work in a sinless, curse-free environment forever in God’s kingdom . It is true that if we loved our jobs too much, we wouldn’t see the need for a better world and a better Master (Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 & 6:7).
3. Work is not always for money
God allocates work for us to do, for work is in a sense an end to itself. Just because you don’t get paid wages for your labor does not mean you have to behave like the chronically unemployed video-game playing, late-sleeping, trust-fund mooch. Every godly housewife illustrates that though her remuneration is less tangible than a paper paycheck, her industrious contribution to the family and society and God’s kingdom should be valued beyond the spot price of gold (Proverbs 31:27).
4. Work is about worship
You are serving, not only your boss, but also the Lord Christ when you show up for work each day (Colossians 3:22-24). Be sure that you do not aim merely to please the earthly master.