Honorable WorkBy Rev. John Cortright on 07/23/2017
“All work” is honorable -- The exception to this is if you work a job that is in direct defiance to God’s will. This would not be honorable work (i.e. prostitution, stealing, lying to get wealthy, a paid assassin for the mob, etc). Sin is wrong, no matter how you label it.
Ecclesiastes 2:4-11; 17-18; 5:10-16
Toil and labor without God is vain -- Vanity and striving after wind (vexation of spirit)
Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:13; 5:18-20
Work is to be good and enjoyable -- There is no distinction in Scripture between white collar work and blue collar work. All Labor is good and rewarding if it is according to God’s will, done for the Lord, to the glory of God. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34; James 2:1).
What is your attitude towards work? Do you “tell yourself that your labor is good” (Ecclesiastes 2:24)? God does not put a dollar value on work. We as a society put a different price tag on the value of work and define a “good” job from a “bad” job, but the Scriptures simply put all this under the category of “labor.” The question is: what is your attitude towards work?
What do the Scriptures say about work?
Proverbs 24:30-34; 6:6-11; 21:25-26; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Do you ever think you’ve got a hard life, hate your job, despise your situation, wish you had a different career, or think life has treated you badly? If you ever start to feel this way, remember the story of Joseph (Genesis 37:19-28; 39:1-23).
The Example of Paul
Attitude is everything! The Apostle Paul did whatever was needed to move the Gospel. If he had to work, he worked; if he could forego secular work and do full time ministry work, he would do that.
Acts 18:2-3; 1 Corinthians 9:6-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13; Philippians 4:8-13
Maintain an eternal life perspective! Labor for the Lord. Your work is not in vain in the Lord!
John 6:27; Psalm 49:6-20; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
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