How do you think about your vocation in this world? Since we’ve just celebrated Labor Day, I thought it would be worth examining some of what the Bible teaches about work.
Work is a spiritual discipline of the faith. That is, the Holy Spirit commands us to work in the Word of God, and it’s part of our faithful devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. When God created Adam, He “put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15). Work is one of the original three “creation ordinances” (marriage, work, Sabbath), and it’s one of the ways human beings reflect God’s very nature. God worked for six days when He created the world, and when we work in this world, we are identifying with Him, reflecting His image to the world around us, and if we work faithfully, we glorify Him.
More evidence for the spirituality of work comes from the fact God commands us to work in the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment says, “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.” The words “you shall labor” are (more…)