Hard work is good for you!

142887353_d5dc296795_mGrowing up, my parents gave me a great example of work ethic as they worked diligently as pastors to help build the churches they were leading. I’ve observed over the years that in Australia some people work really hard…sometimes too hard and others think they work hard but in fact they are lazy and only ever work for weekends and holidays.

Some of our attitudes towards work is not what God intended for us and we need to redeem our theology of work. Interestingly, Genesis 2 tells us that God worked and when He observed the earth there was no man to work the ground so God took Adam and put him in the ground to work it and keep it. In other words right from the very beginning, part of our purpose for being created was to work and be productive. In Genesis 3 we see that even after the Fall, God sent Adam to work the ground from which he was taken and In Exodus 34:21 when the Mosaic covenant was instituted, God commanded that work was to take place 6 days but on the 7th day of the week the Sabbath rest was commanded. All through the book of Proverbs we are warned against neglecting our work and encouraged to work hard (Proverbs 18:9; 24:12; 22:9).

God doesn’t want us to despise our work or be slack about our work. It’s not healthy to be in an environment where people are looking for ways to get out of work. Someone looks to escape work when they are lazy and slack; haven’t had hard work modeled to them; they’ve lost passion for their role; gifts don’t match position; prolonged stress in a role; they’ve reached their capacity or they lack a theology of stewardship.

God is a worker, He created Adam in part to work and he has called us to work hard today. Work helps us discover our purpose and fulfill our potential. It reveals gifts and abilities and gives us a sense of accomplishment. Work honours God and gets things done.

Have fun in your work and enjoy yourself but be diligent and work hard. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work, thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”

Lead the Change! 

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