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How the Bible Explains the Essence of Work
What is the essence of work? Is it just because of the salaries and all those bonuses that you are receiving from your respective companies? Is it because you just love what you are doing and find your work very entertaining and fun? Or there are other reasons that come naturally in the human's nature?
Working is already a part of a human’s life. Actually, it is one of the essential facets of people's lives. You get up in the morning. Take a bath. Wear a proper attire and go to your workplace. You do a specific job and comply with all the deadlines given to you. That’s the everyday routine performed and that’s the nature of work. You sometimes spend time out of your workplace to redeem yourselves because work is stressful at times.
Work is considered a goal. Just like in sports where athletes goal is to win the championship, it is your goal to have a decent work. Achieving this goal is not easy. There’ll be obstacles and hardships along the way. The only thing to do to become successful is to follow the formula of success which is working hard and improving oneself. Just imagine spending your first 20 years on Earth studying, sacrificing and ingesting all those information to be able to graduate and have a decent work. It’s no big joke.
Work is definitely for the betterment of oneself and others. The Bible is stating that work is significant, mentioning the reasons why one should work. "With great power comes great responsibility", a popular line from Spider-Man which proves that working is not just about earning money and is actually more than that.
1. God Designed Us to Work
Genesis 2:15 "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
Many probably know the story of Adam and Eve. The myth where God created the first two humans on earth. Although there are still many people who don't believe their existence, many religious people in many areas of the world still believe they existed. According to statistics, more than half of the Americans believed that Adam and Eve existed.
The Bible verse Genesis 2:15 is about God taking Adam to the Garden of Eden to maintain it and take care of it. Meaning, God gave his first creation the responsibility to work. He told Adam that he shall till the soil and in exchange, he can eat freely all of the fruits in the Garden of Eden but with some exceptions.
The Bible verse implies that God made humans work. He designed humans to work and expected to obey the rules just like Adam. Adam was given a job to till the soil and in exchange is the permission to eat some fruits in the Garden of Eden. This scenario applies today. In every work you do, there is an equal reward that you received. In present times, money is the material reward. It is the medium of exchange in the world. You work to earn money for you to eat.
God designed your mind and body to work. There is a mechanism in your mind and in your body wherein you always look for something to do. You become not contented and unfulfilled without a day being productive. You just cannot sit down a day staring at things. You cannot just lay down on the bed sleeping. You're designed to move, to interact with anyone, and to think.
2. To Gain Respect
1 Thessalonians 4:11
1 Thessalonians 5:12
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…to work with your hands…so that your daily life may win the respect…and so you will not be dependent on anybody.”
“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you…”
To be respected in the society, one must work. Living a good life is really hard to attain. You go through different challenges in life. There are few sacrifices made and hardships are just along the way. Being successful in life is something that everyone wants to meet. That is why in this society, being successful is respected, trusted, and accepted.
Working is to avoid being called a parasite. Can you imagine yourself being called by your family members or other people a parasite? It is really degrading and profile diminishing to be called a parasite. People try to insult you because you're unemployed. That is why you work. You work to earn acceptance within the people around you. You work to be independent. You work to make them believe that you are not a parasite. That you are personally capable of living by yourself and providing for your family.
Being able to work and earn a decent income is a gratitude in life. The fact is, rewarded opportunities are rare.It takes determination and perseverance to finish studies and be able to work. In that way, if you're employed, people respect you and look up to you. You can be a role model to everybody. Others might see you as someone they want to follow in the future. You could be very influential in your field of expertise and motivate the younger ones.
3. For Survival
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
As simple as that, no work, no food. It applies to every single thing you can imagine. If you will not work, you will not earn money. If you don't have money you won't afford to buy anything you want.
Everything today is not free. As the theory goes, "there is no such thing as free lunch". It is an economic theory which states that in whatever goods and services, someone must pay for it. Yes, someone might give you something for free. But literally, it's still not free.Actually, that thing you received has a price and he paid for it. Meaning, it is really impossible to get something for nothing.
4. To Bless Others
Ephesians 4:28 “He…must work, doing something useful with his hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”
You work to bless and help others. There'll be a time in your life that you'll become wealthy and your money earned from work is overflowing. It's a sign of starting to help others and bless the community. Helping others is a heart melting significance of work.
Luke 12:48, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked"
If you're blessed with wealth, time, and skills, you are responsible for sharing those blessings with others. Use these blessings well to glorify God and welfare others. Avoid being selfish and self-centered. Helping others is a great feeling. It could be one of your greatest achievements in life. Be wise and don't just let your excess earnings be wasted. If given much, God wants you to use what He has given and proclaim His honor.
Here are the options you can choose from:
- Start providing for the schooling of your extended families and relatives.
- Sponsor scholarships to deserving students who cannot afford school expenses.
- Give micro businesses to people who are in need in provinces.
- Build infrastructures in rural areas for the convenience of the residents.
- Donate to charities, organizations, fund-raising groups and religious missions.
5. Work is Fun and Fulfilling
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 “…there is nothing better for men to do than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may…find satisfaction in all his work- this is the gift of God.”
"Choose a job that you really like then you won't feel working for the rest of your life." Do you imagine yourself working but feels like doing a leisure activity? Choose the perfect job then you'll be happy and contented for the rest of your life. Choose a job that gives you joy in life. Avoid dragging yourself to something that you don't want. As much as possible, your desired work is comfortable and pleasant.
Why choose a job if you know it doesn't earn much? Because the right job gives happiness and contentment in life. With that life, you won't suffer too much stress and depression. You'll avoid anxiety. You'll prevent various problems and won't feel pressure during difficult situations.
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© 2017 John Ray De la Cruz Cuevas