There is a nasty little rumor circulating that says "business is a dirty
enterprise, but somebody has to do it." Implied in this line of thinking is
the idea that somewhere out there, there is a higher calling. Like there is
the "secular" and then there is the "spiritual". And somehow we can never
quite get the two together.
The fact is that God loves work and He loves us to work! Let me give you
six reasons why:
#1 God is a worker - Just take a gander at Genesis 1 and 2 in creation.
When God finished His creation, He saw that His own work was "good." (Check
out Deut. 11:1-7; Psa. 111)
#2 Before the fall God created us to be workers:
Now the Lord God had
planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had
formed. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work
it and take care of it. (Gen. 2:8,15) (See Gen.1:26-29)
#3 Work enables us to meet our family and personal needs:
Make it your
ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with
your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect
of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (I Thess.
#4 Work makes it possible for us to give to others:
He who has been stealing
must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own
hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. (Eph. 4:28)
#5 Work gives us pleasure and reward, thus easing life's pain:
realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find
satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life
God has given him--for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man
wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and
be happy in
his work--this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his
life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. (Ecc. 5:18-20)
#6 Work affords us a platform for ministry:
"Come, follow me," Jesus said,
"and I will make you fishers of men." (Matt. 4:19)
To catch fish, you have to go where they hang out. Is there a better place
to "fish" than where you spend 40 - 60 hours of your week?
From: THE FACTS OF THE MATTER Sent in by George S....thanks!