And whatsoever ye do..

Stress has been a common theme in my life lately. I’m preparing to get married on July 31st, and have some very ambitious goals at work. I’ve realized lately that my attitude toward all of this work has neither been God-honoring nor Christ like.

In Genesis 3:17-19, God cursed the ground. Perhaps, though, God not only cursed the ground, but man’s labor in general. One could interpret these verses to apply to all work man attempts. Therefore, man’s work will always bring sorrow, and there will be thorns along the way. Work will always be tough.

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.

However, God, in His abundant mercy and grace also provides man the ability to enjoy his labor. It’s important to note that God gives man the power to eat, take his portion, and rejoice in his labor, as stated in Ecclesiastes 5:18-20. These gifts come from no where else, and every man would do well to remember that. I am dependent on God to grant me the power to enjoy work.

Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Paul gives the excellent example of being content in whatever circumstance in Philippians 4:11-13. This verse does not only apply to being content with the good, but with the bad also. When all seems to be going wrong, and there’s stress at every turn, I would do good to follow Paul’s example: be content and find strength in Christ.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Finally, Colossians 3:17 reminds me to do all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God. That’s a tough one; I need to have a spirit of thanksgiving in all things I do.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Work is a blessing that may be suffering under a curse because of sin.

Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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