What is work?

This questions is subjective, but what does scripture have to say about it? Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”. We are called to work as working for the Lord. Just as Jesus worked diligently each day to spread the word of His Father each and every day, we should work the same kind of diligence.

Now do not misunderstand this working as some way of, “earning” God’s favor and getting into heaven because of our works. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” So we have affirmation that we cannot achieve our salvation through works alone, but rather that it is given as a gift from God.

Working looks different now compared to even a few years ago

Let’s return to the beginning of the Bible to check out where work came from and what purpose God gave it. After the fall of Adam and Eve into sin, work became something associated with discomfort and hardship, but it wasn’t always that way. Genesis 2:1-2 says, “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” So we see that even God himself works! This kind of work is probably a little different then what we think of work since…well, creating a universe is hard work I would imagine. Genesis 2:3 kind of sums that up. So even the God who created all that we know works!! If God worked so hard to create us just to be in communion with us, I have to believe He did it because the work was valuable to Him.

So what can we take away from this small snapshot of what the Bible says about work?

God himself had to work to create us. Since we are created in His image, work is something that is a part of who we are as His children. So in all that we do we must work as though we are working for Him. We may not see how work here on earth is valuable to us, but if we envision the rewards we are storing away in heaven by working hard to advance His kingdom, I would hope this would make us realize how worth it working hard is.

Speaking of hard work, did you know it took me over a years worth of work to write and create my book? I would encourage you to check it out through this link and if you liked this post, please give it a like and check out the rest of the blog.

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