In honor of Labor Day weekend

farmerThe Bible is very clear that God has, from the very beginning, designed us for work:

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Genesis 2:15).

It will be interesting to see one day what “work” is like in a world that is not touched by the effects of sin, but in the meantime we are left to suffer those consequences:

Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground (Gen 3:17-19).

Despite these hardships, we are still commanded to work. In both the Old and New Testaments the Bible clearly condemns those who are unwilling to work:

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor (Proverbs 21:25).

If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:11)

So, if you happen to get an extra long weekend from your work this weekend, praise God! And, when you go back to work on Tuesday, praise God! I will do the best to take my own advice.

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