Working Our Way to Blessing

Sam Petitfils

"Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty."  Proverbs 28:19

Adam was called by God to dress the garden and to keep it.  His work would be performed with joy and not by sweat of his brow.  But alas, he fell into sin and unbelief, and there fell on him a curse.  From that point on, he would earn his food by the sweat of his brow amid thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17-19).  As bad as this sounds, God has actually ordained work to be a blessing to man as well.

Few meaningful things can be achieved without effort, exertion, and good old fashioned sweat.  Much glory can be found in daily grunt work, digging in the trenches of life.  I grew up in a California beach city, with a rather laid-back lifestyle.  Life was the beach and the beach was life.  But that did not produce happiness; in fact it didn’t produce much at all.  Only when I became a Christian did I discover the joys and necessity of honest labor.  Labor is God’s means of bringing in the daily food, but also of furnishing us with purposeful work in order to make a contribution to society.

Tomorrow we will discuss chasing empty dreams, but for now we need to zero in on God’s ordained calling for us: honest labor.  The text above indicates that labor will bring home “abundant food.”  In other words, it is God’s ordinary way of taking care of our needs.  Many attempt to side-step this by taking short-cuts or the “easy way around.”  But God rarely releases blessings apart from diligent labor.  Now how can we make labor more enjoyable?

1. Work as unto the Lord. 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”  Colossians 3:23

Working to please others, or even ourselves is bound to end in disappointment.  In fact, anything we do apart from God cannot possibly satisfy us.  But when we labor for God we will double our efforts, produce more, and win the smile of God.

2. Develop a solid work-ethic early in life.

Habits acquired early on will set the pace for us throughout life.  Unfortunately, that includes bad habits.  Older people not accustomed to putting in an honest days work will find the going harder the older they get.  On the other hand, if a young person develops a solid work-ethic early on, they will stand out and become candidates for promotions and other type of rewards.

3. Work hard for the Lord.

Read Romans 16:3-23 and see the tribute Paul pays to those who labor hard for Jesus.  We have no greater cause, and no effort for Jesus will go unrewarded.  The harvest is full, yet the laborers are few.  Pray about how God will use your life in His kingdom.


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