A Few Thoughts on Work

hard work, physical labor

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Mark Twain

God’s Word has a great deal to say on the topic of “work.”

As does the world.

In the Bible, work is almost always seen as something worthwhile.

It is speculated that one of the benefits of an eternity with Jesus Christ is that each person will have meaningful and fulfilling work to do.

First, various thoughts from the Bible about work.

“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

“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

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
–Colossians 3:23-24

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”
–Proverbs 14:23

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”
–2THESSALONIANS 3:10-12

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
–Ecclesiastes 9:10

“The husbandman [farmer] that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.”
–2TIMOTHY 2:6

“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”
–Ephesians 4:28

So, to sum up, God’s Word says that because of Adam’s disobedience to God’s command in Eden, Adam–and subsequent generations of men–would have to obtain what was eaten from the earth by hard work; that man should enjoy all that hard work provides; that work itself is a gift from God.

Also, that those who do not work should not eat; that the farmer should get the first pick of his crop; that all that is good and obtained from work should be available to those in need through no fault of their own; and that whatever work one does should be done as best and as hard as one can do.

And now, a few thoughts from the world about work.

“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
Jerome K. Jerome

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Alan Watts

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”
J.M. Barrie

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?”
Ronald Reagan

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.”
Malcolm Gladwell

“Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.”
Elisabeth Elliot

The world’s thoughts on work are, in some ways, similar to the Bible: work hard, realize that hard work is both an opportunity and a blessing; and that work is necessary for one’s survival–as well as various humorous thoughts on the subject.

But, so many in the world use WORK as a stick, to beat those they wish to control into a respectable place in line.

So, many in the world prattle on and on and on and on about how hard they work and how tired they are all of the time from working so hard.

The counterfeits, shills/grumblers from the local intelligence networks and the other worker bees of iniquity are VERY concerned with work: they want others to know how hard they work; they talk endlessly about how hard they work and how much work they have to do’ they slander others they claim don’t work as hard as they do.

They only value the work THEY FEEL is important: any other work is not really work.

It doesn’t matter how hard someone works: if that work is not approved work [as in, approved by the person grumbling], it is not, in their eyes–as with the Nazis before them–really work at all.
End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 1, 2019

When someone tries to denigrate the reader for “not working hard enough,” the reader should KNOW this comes, not from God, but from wicked man.

Usually, it is 1- a method used to control; and/or 2- an excuse one uses before unleashing bad behavior on the one targeted.

IF the reader is in doubt as to where to find the most truth about work, the reader should study God’s Word.

“In all labour there is profit”
–Proverbs 14:23

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

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“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: August 2-4, 2019.]

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