John 4:34 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
Work is an essential element in life. It is what defines a man’s life, gives him worth, and makes him feel valued. It is a needed element in society. We have seen what idleness can do during the “Stay at home” orders given by governments worldwide.
Suicides skyrocketed. Domestic violence increased, and the addicted who once had victory fell to their addictions in staggering numbers.
Any government that rewards people for not working will reap a whirlwind of trouble. Here, in America, our welfare system has created generations of families who have not worked and lived off of governmental assistance for decades.
There is no incentive to go to work when all of your needs are met. The biblical standard should preside over all situations and circumstances – no matter the country.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
When Jesus came to earth, He had work to do given to Him by His Father.
Luke 2:48-49 “And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Every saved, child of God has work to do just like our Savior.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
God chose what work He wants us to do. He has for us, a path and a goal in mind. He has given each of us different gifts and talents to accomplish what it is He desires us to do.
Romans 12:6-8 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
It is not for this time that I will expound on the different spiritual gifts. Suffice it enough to say, each of us has at least one, and some multiple gifts and talents.
I have seen some very talented individuals falter because they rely on their talent and not on the One who gave it to them. Some have work to do that is unrelated to their abilities. I believe it is God’s way of making us dependent on Him.
God so desires for us to see what He can do in and through us. When we follow the Spirit’s leading, we can begin to see how God will accomplish it through us.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
What God calls us to do, He will enable us through His power, provision, protection, and prompting.
It must be that we adopt the principle that Father knows best. He knows my beginning, has seen my end, and all things in between. God is working it all out for His good.
To work is good. To work for God is better. To do what God created us to do is best.
May we purpose to do all that is within our power to seek God to find what He wants us to do today.