Inherent within the idea of the Sabbath rest was the expectation of God’s people to work (Exodus 20:8-9).
Work is good for humanity. It is good for the soul.
I’m not talking about slavery, abusive employment, or unhealthy work conditions. I’m talking about the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with the effort of manual labor.
Knowing “you did that” by the sweat of your brow is good knowledge. This is knowledge that we should become acquainted with early in life.
Workers create, invent, enhance, beautify, set goals and gain strength. Work gives avenue to the part of our brain that needs to do more than think.
The lazy may be “intelligent”, but they lack the drive it takes to get where we need to be in our work ethic! No work ethic often leads to the lack of any good ethics (Proverbs 6:6-11, 24:30-34, 26:13-16). Not “having” is not wrong in-of-itself. Not “having” due to laziness, which often leads to taking from others, is wrong (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12).
Work is good for us because work is good, and if we fail to work at something then we are missing something.
“I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 NKJV)
I saw a news story this morning with the heading “Watch: Parliament Singing After New Zealand Legalizes Gay Marriage Will Make You Cry.” I didn’t watch the video but I still cried. Why? Because of the doom that the western culture is bringing upon itself. My article in this week’s bulletin is called “Cultural Meltdown” and it discusses how moral relativism has relatively supplanted any moral backbone in most western governments with wet spaghetti. It’ll probably be up on “Keltonburg Preacher” sometime next week. Here’s a link to a good article to read in the meantime.
Want to keep a great scripture in mind today? How about this one: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33) This verse isn’t saying that a person can’t understand God’s will when it comes to being saved; in the context it’s talking about how God is able to use the obstinacy and vacancy of one heart to reign in and fill the hearts of others at the same time. That’s rich!
Did you know that Elvis’ copy of the Bible once sold at auction for $96,000!? That can rock your soul, huh? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one.
We had a great night at Keltonburg this past Wednesday. One woman, named Shelia, who’s been visiting with us for quite sometime was baptized into Jesus! She was born again of the water and of the Spirit. This Sunday morning I’ll be in John 3:1-10 which includes the topic of the new birth. It can be so frustrating when people equate the water of John 3:3-5 with the “natural” birth of the earth instead of the new birth from Heaven. Never forget the context! Jesus was talking to a man who belonged to a group that had rejected John’s preaching and John’s baptism. By doing so they had rejected the birth that came by the will of God – they had rejected being born again through the water and the Spirit! We often times make things so much more complicated than what they are.
How often do you plan to smile today? How about pray? How help others? How about hug your children? How about hug your spouse? How about sing to God? How about letting God speak to you in His word? I guess we’ll all find out in about a second or two.
I don’t know the source but I remember hearing a quote quite a while back that went something like, “If you want to keep kids out of hot water then put some dishes in it.” How valuable is a good work ethic to children? I think honest work leads to good ethics and so it seems that the Bible agrees (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12).