has been some discussion recently about Christians and work. Though the
bible has clear instruction on this matter, many arenít aware of it and
are following other ideas. This is often true among those who feel the
call of God. Satan will try to derail the callings on your life by a wrong
approach to work. Letís hear what the bible says.
- a Summary
Every able body Christian
is to work. It is the means to provide a living, to look after their families
and to bless others in need. Even women under sixty are to be homemakers
or working. Some people may not be able to work for reason of infirmity
(age, disability) or social crisis (famine).These people are the proper
subjects of support by the church.
The majority of
scriptures are about those who refuse to work. The church is commanded
to rebuke them, and then have nothing to do with them in order to make
them ashamed of their attitude. Sometimes a Christian is deceived and
because he is wanting to enter into more ministry is only willing to have
a "spiritual" job. But all our labor is to be unto the Lord!
God says work is His will and He will bless it. Someday a ministry may
become a full time means of living, BUT, If someone is waiting for this
to happen and refusing to work, it is a sin. Instead, if they are faithful
to the Lord in the basic matter of work then God will open doors of provision
at the proper time.
Biblical View of Work
The Purpose Of Work
- To make a living
- 2 Thess.3:12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord
Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.
- To provide
for our household- Proverbs 31:27 She looks well to the ways of
her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
- To bless others
Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him
labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give
to those in need.
- To Increase
in wealth- Proverbs 13:11 Wealth hastily gotten will dwindle, but
he who gathers little by little will increase it.
- These ordinary
looking reasons for working are Godís Commands! There is nothing super
spiritual about it. It is just the Christian way to live!
The Sin Of Refusing
- Not providing
For Your Family is Worse Than the Heathen -1 Timothy 5:8 If any
one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family,
he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
- It is Disobediant
2 Thess.3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command:
If any one will not work, let him not eat.11 For we hear that some of
you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.12 Now
such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their
work in quietness and to earn their own living.
- It Leads to
Other Sins- 1 Timothy 5:13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers,
gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and
busybodies, saying what they should not.
The Curse on those
Who Refuse to Work
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person
will suffer hunger . 2 Thess. 3:10 If any one will not work, let him
- Forced Labor
-Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful
will be put to forced labor
10:18 Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house
- Proverbs 18:9 He who is slack in his work is a brother to him who
The Folly of Covetousness
Some Christians refuse
to work unless the job suits them. The bible never sanctions this
attitude! It is just plain selfishness which is idolatry. It results in
a curse, not a blessing.
- It Ends in
want Proverbs 28:22 A miserly man hastens after wealth, and does
not know that want will come upon him.
- It never satisfies
- Ecclesiastes 5:10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with
money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain: this also is vanity.
- This wealth
evaporates - Proverbs 23:4 Do not toil to acquire wealth; be wise
enough to desist. 5 When your eyes light upon it, it is gone; for suddenly
it takes to itself wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
The Churches Attitude
To Those Who Refuse To Work
- Admonish Them
-1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the idlers,
- Change The
Situation - 1 Timothy 5:13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers,
gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and
busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger
widows marry, bear children, rule their households, and give the enemy
no occasion to revile us.
- Warn Them
- 2 Thess. 3:14 If any one refuses to obey what we say in this letter,
note that man, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.15
Do not look on him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
- Keep away from
Them - 2 Thessalonians 3:6,7 Now we command you, brethren,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother
who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that
you received from us.
The Christian Attitude
- Work as unto
the Lord -Colossians 3:23 Whatever your task, work heartily, as
serving the Lord and not men,
- Ready and Willing
- Titus 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities,
to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work,
- Looking after
ourselves - 1 Thessalonians 4:11 to aspire to live quietly, to mind
your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you;
Want a job to fulfill
you? That is serving a lie. Work is not there to please you. fulfillment
comes in the Lord when you work as unto Him. Anything else is idolatry.
Learn to draw your pleasure from Him.(He will make you clean toilets till
you get it right)!
The Calling To Ministry
No job is "secular".
All work is the Lords work because we are Christians. Sometimes a Christian
feels called to the ministry and refuses to work because they are "seeking
the ministry" or "being led by the Lord". But this is never
found in the bible. It is false spirituality. Even the Apostles supported
themselves by manual labor when situation demanded it. The church body
did provide for its recognized leaders , but it was absolutely clear that
a minister of the Lord should provide his own living if he was not being
supported by the church.
- Paul paid his
own way to reach the Thesselonians. -2 Thess3:7 For you yourselves
know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with
you,8 we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil and
labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you.9
It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct
an example to imitate.
- John calls
on the church to support the ministers- 3 John 1:7 For they have
set out for his sake and have accepted nothing from the heathen. 8 So
we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers in the truth.
The Blessing On Work
- Social Stature
- Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skilful in his work? he will stand
before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
- Proverbs 12:27 A slothful man will not catch his prey, but the diligent
man will get precious wealth.
- Success -
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
- Abundance To
Bless Others - 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to provide you
with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough
of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.