WORK: In the Modern World, In the Bible


Of all the concepts of man, the one which demonstrates the widest gulf between what the modern world believes and what is taught in the Bible MIGHT be WORK.

What God’s Word teaches about work is quite different from what the modern world teaches about that activity.

AND, while there is much to write about concerning this matter, all that can be written will not be written today.

BUT, several important points will be made in this piece: mostly a few of the differences between how the world has been taught to view man’s work (labors) and how the Bible instructs man is to treat such work.

1- Many moderns spend a large portion of their adult lives engaged in work, but not enjoying it.

Modern man has been taught that work is something which HAS to be done in order to earn a living; a necessary evil.

IF modern man can find a way to secure money and wealth WITHOUT work–well, the world will exalt such a man for being so “clever” or “smart” or having “street smarts.”

The culture and entertainment supply songs such as “Take this job and shove it“–which just might be the king of music expressing this type of attitude toward work.

“Take This Job and Shove It” is a 1977 country music song written by David Allan Coe and popularized by Johnny Paycheck, about the bitterness of a man who has worked long and hard with no apparent reward.

To contrast all of that, what does the Bible say about work?

Work is a gift from God.

Work–and not only work, but all of the necessities available from the results of labor: food, drink, shelter–is to be enjoyed by man as a gift from his Creator.

“And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”
–Ecclesiastes 3:13

God’s Word expresses this idea more than once.

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.”
–Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a man.  He [Solomon] here teaches, that all the benefit of mere human labour is the moderate or sober enjoyment of what we have acquired by it.–Dr. Wells.
–British Family Bible Notes

No complaining.

No whining.

No finger-pointing.

Work is a large part of every man’s life.  He should be happy when gainfully employed and happy with the results of that employment.

This is in direct contradiction with the modern-day worship of vacations and holidays and “TGIF!

2- Hard labor and toil is a direct result of man’s fall in the Garden of Eden.

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
–Genesis 3:17-19

Contrast this command from God Himself with the modern world’s obsession with “labor-saving devices.”

A modern convenience is a labor-saving device, service or substance which make a task easier or more efficient than a traditional method. Convenience is a relative concept, and depends on context. For example, automobiles were once considered a convenience, yet today are regarded as a normal part of life.

Why does the reader believe such an emphasis has been placed on labor-saving devices?

Does the reader believe that such conveniences circumvent God’s command that man will earn his bread by the sweat of his face?

[NOTE: Never mind that few moderns believe the Biblical accounts.  But, modern man did not suddenly come to this unbelief:  this is something which has been carefully taught to modern man over the years.]

3- The Bible is clear: those who do not work will not eat.

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

This USED to be a commonly expressed idea among men. Captain John Smith, one of the leaders of the Jamestown settlement in 1607 echoed this sentiment.

When Jamestown was established in 1607, Smith trained the first settlers to farm and work, thus saving the colony from early devastation. He publicly stated “He that will not work, shall not eat”, equivalent to the 2nd Thessalonians 3:10 in the Bible.

In the modern world, however, numerous government programs have been instituted which circumvent this idea.

In the modern world, it has been years since eating was connected to one’s working.

As stated, the Bible has much to say about work–much of it going against the modern world’s teachings.

The discussion will continue.

WHAT are the reader’s attitudes toward work?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation


“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 24-26, 2019.]




by Jeremiah James
–with Mondo Frazier

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