Because Life Is More than Money
“How Hard Should You Be Working?” and “What Does God Want Me to Know about My Work?” are two recent lessons taught in my small group. The first lesson maybe I’ll type about another time. Here is some of what I learned about our work (our jobs, if you will) in God’s economy.
God includes all of us in His economy whether or not we have a regular job. So, whether we’re retired or between jobs or whatever your situation, God’s truths about work apply. For young folks, they are in the process of discovering and learning God’s call for them. So, these truths apply to them as well. Our work is part of God’s economy. He wants it that way according to the Bible.
John 5:17 reads, “ “…My [Jesus’] is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.”.” We are made in God’s image. God’s nature and character is to work. So, our nature and character should be to work. God’s economy leaves lots of work for us to do. God can do it all, but He intentionally doesn’t . He gives each one of us work to do.
Genesis 1:26 reads, …God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” That’s a big job God equips us to do for Him.
Our work is not a curse God sent when man first sinned. God’s work assignments to us began at the moment He first created us. Genesis 2:5-15 reads, “…there was no one to farm the land…Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being…The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east. That’s where He put the man whom He had formed…Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to farm the land and to take care of it.” Sin occurred after He gave man his work assignments.
I Timothy 4:4 reads, “Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.” God created us to do His work. We should not neglect our work. Rather, we should do it well! “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”, reads Colossians 3:23.
Therefore, according to God’s Word there are no secular jobs. There are no secular work assignments or callings from God. All vocations are holy. All jobs are ministry. All jobs are ordained by God. So, according to the whole of scripture you can say I am an ordained Red Cross volunteer. I am an ordained farmer. I am an ordained doctor. I am an ordained teacher. I am an ordained mother/parent/grandparent. And, so on. All of us have a job/calling/ministry/work assignment in God’s economy!
God needs you and me to do our callings and do them well. He really needs us and depends on us to do our jobs.