The Sanctity of Labor
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ… rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man” (Eph. 6:5–7).
It is impossible to drive an automobile for too long in the United States without seeing a bumper sticker on a car in front of you. Whether it advertises a person’s politics, sense of humor, or religious affiliation, it seems just about everyone has one of these stickers on the fender of his car. One of the more common of these reads something like “a bad day fishing is better than a good day working.”
Whether or not we happen to be fishing aficionados, everyone can identify with this sentiment, at least on occasion. The daily pressures of getting up and serving an employer can be tremendously demanding. Most jobs can become monotonous, and countless laborers hate what they do for a living. Moreover, some people at times try to get the most they can from the least amount of effort.
This view of employment is far different from the one taught in Scripture. As we saw a few months ago, labor is a gift from God, given to man before the fall (Gen. 2:15). Sin brought a curse to our labor, and so we occasionally find it dreary. However, work itself is not the punishment for sin. It is a source of blessed purpose in our lives.
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