“The sanctity of human labor is rooted in the work of God Himself and in His call to us to imitate Him.” Dr. R.C. Sproul
I like to work. I enjoy working. I always have. Maybe this admission reveals a flaw in my character, or even my mental state, but I don’t think so. So, let me repeat myself: I like to work. Why? It is because I enjoy the sense of satisfaction of seeing a task which needs to be done and getting it done.
First of all, what exactly is work? What is meant by this four letter word that many people use other four letter words to express their feelings about the work they do and the jobs, or careers, they have.
Work is, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “the performing of a task or to fulfill duties regularly for wages or salary. It additionally means to perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations. Finally, work means to exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose.”
The Scriptures present a positive outlook on the subject of work. Work has a purpose. It is rooted in its teaching about God. Unlike other ancient religious writings, which regarded creation as something beneath the dignity of the Supreme Being, Scripture unashamedly describes God as a worker.
Like a manual laborer, the Lord made the universe as “the work of his fingers” (Psalm 8:3). He worked with his raw material just as a potter works with the clay (Isaiah 45:9). The intricate development of the unborn child in the womb and the vast, magnificent spread of the sky both display his supreme craftsmanship (Psalm 139:13–16; 19:1). In fact, all creation bears witness to the Lord’s wisdom and skill (Psalm 104:24). The almighty Creator even ceased from His work (Genesis 2:1–3) and enjoyed job satisfaction when surveying His achievements at the end of the work week (Genesis 1:31).
What is your view of not only work in general, but the work you do in particular? Do you perceive work as God designed it to be perceived, as service bringing honor and glory to Him (Colossians 3:17, 23-24)? I hope so.
It is my goal that we will all have a renewed, biblical, and purposeful perspective on the topic of work as we proceed through this study.
Have a blessed day.
Soli deo Gloria!