“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”~ Colossians 3:23-24
Our life’s undertakings must truly reflect God’s image. It is adamant that men should work, as God Himself personally is involved with work. It is through work that we fulfil our duties and responsibilities and our hope, dreams and aspiration. There is no substitute for work otherwise God would have invented it.
It is not healthy for a person to stay home and do absolutely no work. He soon deteriorates as constitutionally the brain is never or seldom activated. An analogy can be drawn with the use of a computer – a powerful and essential modern day’s tool. But if it just sits on your desk without the proper input of data, it is nothing but a piece of hardware. But when it is functioning, there is such as a term as “animated intelligence” which sets fear in the mind of men that we might be eventually replaced.
I remember living across from a very rich man’s house in Taiping, a Malaysian town, where the eldest son of the household chose not to work except staying home whole day long, without as much as stepping out of the house. He spent his time with a houseful of sisters and aunties. His mannerism reflected that of the feminine – fair right to the bone, because of non exposure to the sun. Even in his speech the feminine way was evident. He was absolutely healthy, nothing wrong with him physically. I believe he didn’t live very long, and what a wasteful life!
Work is designed by God. Through work we integrate with our work mates. We socialise. We are by nature gregarious. We are social being. We are meant to live along with others, for no man is an island. WORK IS THAT ONE GREAT INGREDIENT THAT WE STRIVE FOR. Some people go to the extreme of making work their only objective. Such are the workaholics. There is time for everything, and everything has its own time. Even God rested on the seventh day after His creation of the world that we live in.
The whole essence is to treat work as a hobby. Then it won’t be a burden. It would be something pleasurable and natural. If I may just add one last word – WORK SMART AND NOT JUST WORK HARD. Let work be both a vision and a mission of God’s scheme and purpose. Work for the LOVE of it!
Let work be your hobby
A chore it ceases to be!