WORK : A God-Ordained Principle

WORK : A God-ordained Principle

“Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life will win the respect of the outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. “

I Thessalonians 4 : 11 -12

The above passage in I Thessalonians is one of the key verses whick regards the nobility of work in the Bible.

Work is a God-ordained principle by which a man will earn his livelihood, not through gambling or joining games of chances, not through stealing nor begging, not through bribey nor usury nor any form of corruption.

There is nobility in working. As a famous quotation says, “There is always dignity in labor.” No matter how humble the work a man may has, he has always dignity in it because he is earning his living through his own perspiration. He is not dependent on anybody so he is not a burden to anybody. His work gives him dignity no matter how humble it is.

Hardwork is one of the God-ordained principles in gaining wealth. That is why the nation Japan is a wealthy nation even though it is not a Christian nation because it is filled with hardworking workforce.


Work has many benefits in one’s life. The following are just some of these things:


(1) When you are working, you have dignity, because you are earning your own money. You don’t have to ask from your parents or siblings for your personal needs. You have the means to buy things for yourself especially things you need the most. You are not dependent on anybody so you are not a burden to anybody. Therefore you have dignity.


(2) You can gain financial independence only by working. You can finance yourown home, car, vacation and travel , shopping.


(3) When you are working, you can be a blessing to your church through yourtithes and offering. You can support God’s missions through your work.Blessing God’s work opens the door for further blessings.


(4) When you are working, you can also be a blessing to some needypeople. Blessing the poor gives a great joy and satisfaction in your heart. .God will bless you more by blessing the poor.


(5) When you have work, you can pay your own health insurance and socialsecurity for your retirement. You prepare for your old age by working hardernow while you are strong and capable of working.


(6) When you are working you will win the respect of the outsiders of thefaith . You can show your good christian testimony by working harder.By being a disciplined and hardworking employee, you are able to showto the world an exemplary testimony of a follower of Christ. You may win to the Christian faith even your non-christian employers.


(7) When you work, your time is occupied. Since you are occupied, you willbe spared from being “busybodies.” Who are these busybodies ? These people are not working, so their time is idle and occupied with futile activities such as gossipseeking and slandering. When you are working, your time is consumed in a productive way, your time is not wasted in idle activities. When you are working you will be more disciplined in handling your time.


Work is a great discipline we must all humbly and seriously consider. We should be contented in whatever position we have, but we must be willing to handle with all our might whatever kind of work given to us. No matter how humble or lowly the work allotted to us, we must do it excellently.

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Bucks here 6 years ago from South Africa

Very interesting, it also indicates that Pastors etc should work, just like the disciples did.

Also why the tithe should be rejected as a false gospel dragged over from the Old Covenant and used as a burden tool on the Believers. Not to be confused with giving as a move from the heart.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A thoughtful hub. Of course, most of the busybodies I have encountered were at work (smile).

Also, I would add that God mandated that we all devote time to the work of His kingdom building.

Love and peace,

Forever His,


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Wonderful hub...and very well laid out. Work is good for us for all the reasons you cited. This should be required reading for all people. It's a blessings both to us and those whom we are working for.

Blessings to you


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Bucks it is nice to hear from you.There are workers in the mission field who are called to fulltime ministry. Their full time work is ministerial work. We should support these workers. But even our work is in the ministry we must exhibit the same hardwork as we are working in a secular work. There are also workers in the ministry who are called "tentmakers" who work for their support even Apostle Paul first work as tentmakers.Thank you for visiting this hub. Remain blessed.Regards.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi RevLady thank you for visiting this hub. Your comments are welcome and greatly appreciated. Yes we have to set aside time for the ministry of the Gospel as christians. The Great Commission of JesusChrist is given for every believer so every christian whether he is a full time ministry worker or not must set aside time for fulfilling the Great Comission of JesusChrist. Remain blessed. Best regards.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi UlrikeGrace it is nice to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Remain blessed. Best regards.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Work is actually a blessing from the Lord but not too many people see it that way - they see it as a burden. So many people say that they hate their jobs but what if they had no job at all? I think people, even Christians, need to rethink their attitudes about working! Great hub!


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Work is a blessing indeed. God is good to provide us with the jobs we have and we should give him glory as we do them great hub!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Cari Jean it is nice to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Yes we all have to rethink our attitude toward work. We must look at it as a blessing instead of a burden. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Remain blessed. Best regards.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi coffeesnob, I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for taking time to visit this hub. Your comments are greatly appreciated.Yes we must be thankful to God for our work. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

cristina, work is also mandated by God, so that man does not live as a leech off others, and earns his way.

Brother Dave.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Mathews thank you for gracing this hub. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Regards.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Yes work is God ordained and yes there are some in the Ministry who abuse but at the end of the day they will answer to God and not man,

I recently finished reading a great book called 'Your Work Matters To God" by Doug Sherman and William Hendricks. It is an awesome book and I would recommend it to any who struggle with work. It will change attitudes towards work.

Blessings


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi "Quill" thank you for gracing this hub. Your additional feedback is appreciated as well. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life will win the respect of the outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. “ I Thessalonians 4 : 11 -12

A wonderful quote from the Bible!!! It works! This Hub is GREAT!!!! May it bless many!!!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi drpastorcarlotta it is wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by. Your comment is greatly appreciated.Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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