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God created us to work

Posted: Monday, March 5

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Numbers 4:1-5:31
Mark 12:18-37
Psalm 48:1-14
Proverbs 10:26


Verse of the day:

 “Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.” (Proverbs 10:26)

Have you ever been on a group project, whether it was for work or school, and there was someone on the team that wasn’t pulling their weight? How did that make you feel? Irritated? Frustrated? Annoyed? Taken advantage of? I think we can all relate to that experience. That’s how our employers feel when we don’t give it our all when we are on the job.


What if you don’t like your employer? Or what if they don’t notice your unproductiveness? Does it still matter? Franklin D. Roosevelt says this, “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” I think there is a lot of truth to what he says here. You may get away (at least for a time) with being lazy but at the end of the day you will not have true fulfillment in your work. You may get a paycheck still at the end of the work week but if you haven’t given it your all something will still be lacking.


What if you hate your job? What if you feel that it is unimportant? Martin Luther King Jr. said this, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” Every job can bring fulfillment if done to the best of your ability.


God created us to work. Exodus 34: 21 says, “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” In God’s goodness He planned rest into each week for us. Rest shouldn’t come however when we should be working. As we start this work week remember what Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”