for all of us work comes in many forms, at home, school, at our jobs, or in our neighborhoods it has always been a fact of life that men and women will live by the sweat of their brows. So what about eternal life? I have seen that the understanding of some Christina denominations is that people can do nothing to earn salvation, which for the most part is true. I would never say that I made it to Heaven on my own, that would be impossible, and it is an ever present fact that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the sacrifice which he made in order that we would have a chance to live again, without the atonement we would die and we would never come back.
There are several verses in the scriptures which attest to the fact that Jesus is the savior and redeemer of mankind, and the only path to salvation, and I don't think there are too many devout Christians out there which would argue with that. But there is one very important thing which for one reason or another seems to get swept under the rug, and that is work.
In the days of Moses the Levite prriests were commanded to offer a burnt sacrifice to the Lord;
Leviticus; 7-35This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest's office; 36Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations.
37This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings; 38Which the LORD commanded Moses in mount Sinai, in the day that he commanded the children of Israel to offer their oblations unto the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai.
Now because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ atonement is no longer required through animal sacrifice, but it is clear that we are still under an obligation to consecrate our time and energy to the building up of God's kingdom on Earth.
How is it that so many people can argue that they have faith in Jesus Christ and yet they sit by idolly doing nothing but arguing and bickering over the correct interpretation of a few passages of scripture when there is so much work to do?
Parable of the ten talents
It is apparent that everything which Jesus taught was a command for those who believe in him to do something to show their faith and obedience to him. In this eloquent parable taught by the savior a man goes away and leaves his house to three of his servants. before leaving he delves out talents to the servants expecting them to add to the total. The thing which seemed a little harsh to me was the way he dealt with last guy who was given only one talent. the servant only had one thing which the lord gave him and was expecting for the man to increase what he had, but he didn't. And the story ends with the lesson that the Lord expects a difference with the talents he gives you. Does this in any way detract from the sacrifice which he made? Not by a long shot. in fact it is your end of the deal to be faithful and productive, and to go and do the things which the lord has commanded you to do.
the ultimate good deed
We see people in our day to day lives doing good deeds and that is a very admirable thing, but there is a distinct difference between doing good deeds and giving a consecrated offering to the Lord. When the people of God are gathered together and the Bishop asks them to go out and perform a task, and it is usually some sort of charitable one, or perhaps when the question arises to receive a calling in the church, it is something which is inspired of God and to fufill that task is to give yourself as a concecrated offering to the lord. When these things are given to us, it is part of the test of obediance which the Lord continues to bestow upon us, and when these things are carried out to the best of our abilities our lives will be blessed by God.