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Created to Work

Do you work?

Have you ever wondered why you work? Have you ever considered the value of your work in light of our world’s needs? Doomsayers say that our world is overpopulated with greedy consumers who will devour or destroy the resources of planet Earth. The blindness of these prognosticators of gloom comes from the fact that they fail to acknowledge that God created man to work, to produce, and to multiply the world’s resources. Yes, we’ve expanded the world’s population and often failed to steward the environment, but we’ve simultaneously increased available resources. Our God is a worker and we were made in His image. We work and multiply what God entrusts to us. We’re filling the world with more people, food, products, services, and resources to sustain our existence.

It’s been said that “we’re most like God when we work.” Work not only blesses us; it brings His blessings to the world. During the Protestant Reformation, theologians like John Calvin, Martin Luther, and John Wesley taught that the Bible gives purpose and meaning to our labor. They sought to end the sacred vs. secular divide, bringing dignity to the common work of builders, farmers, shopkeepers, and artisans. Paul said, in Colossians 3:23-24, Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” We aren’t simply living to work, but we’re achieving a greater purpose. 

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