[CF Devotionals] 2011-09-06 - Passages About Work

In the US today, many are celebrating Labor Day, ironically with a well-earned day off. (Some other countries celebrate at other times.) In honor of everyone who works hard to care for their family and others and honor God – both now and in the past and future – this devotional presents some of what the Bible has to say about what our work ethic should be. Unless otherwise stated, all passages are from the New American Standard Bible, © 1995. In 1909, there was an additoinal holiday called "Labor Sunday," wherein focus would be on spiritual issues related to work. Of course, that would never fly today; it wouldn't be "politically correct."

Proverbs 21:25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. (New Living Translation)

Col 3:23-24 (I chose verse 23 for my college graduation announcements): Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

2 Thessalonians 3:10, from the Apostle Paul: For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works. 8 Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head. 9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

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