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Work? A gift? This will probably be the average child’s response to the topic above. It shows how society has been misinformed about work. The average child sees work as a punishment and grows up with that mentality only to dodge work. A lot of people even think that God gave work to man when he(man) sinned. Well, that is exactly opposite to what the bible has got to say. Come with me. Would you?

Genesis 2:15
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

God didn’t give Adam comfort only but He also gave him work. Man was supposed to dress and keep the garden. That was great work indeed. Most people think the garden didn’t need to be weeded and kept. But on the contrary, God gave that job to man. Thus, you see that the gift of work was given in pure innocence. It was given to man before he ever sinned.

Genesis 2:5
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew; for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not man to till the ground.

God loves work. He didn’t come down to till the ground. Man had to get down to work and till the ground and keep and dress the garden. He was to make sure that the trees were pruned and the garden was weeded. He was to make sure the garden was protected from intruders. That wasn’t the only work Adam was given. Check this out

Genesis 2:19
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Adam was also supposed to name all the animals. This is one of the most hectic jobs I have ever come across. There are even some of the names of animals that I have forgotten but Adam was supposed to name them all. That was a great assignment. Wasn’t it? Thus we see that work wasn’t a curse. God didn’t punish Adam with work. He cursed the ground and said that it was going to make work more difficult. In the same vein, contrary to people’s view, God didn’t punish eve with pain at birth. He only increased the pain of childbirth.

Work, according to the dictionary definition is ‘the use of physical strength or mental power in order to do or make something’. This definition agrees with the bible. God gave Adam two main types of work. One tasked his physical strength and the other tasked his mental strength. That was the beginning of skilled and unskilled labour.


If God instituted work, what then was the reason for that.

The first reason for work is to bring out all that God put into man. When no demand was placed on Adam’s mental faculties, he didn’t know he possessed such great abilities. God gave man hands and legs and other parts. Without work, man’s parts would be lying idle. God abhors undeveloped, untrained potential. You may never know what is in you until a demand to work is placed upon you. Without work you can never bring out what is in you. It is just like giving birth. Without the force of the mother’s contractions, the child cannot come out.

Galatians 4:19
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Before you can bring out the best in you, you need to travail in birth. The student will have to apply himself to hard work to succeed. So does everybody. Whether you are a president of a country or a street sweeper, you need to apply yourself to hard work to bring out what God has already placed in you.

The second reason for work, is the preservation of the earth. If Adam only ate and slept, by the time he would realize, weeds would have outgrown the garden. God gave us work to preserve the world. To dress the world and make it look better. Remember ‘the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof’. Whatever work you do, don’t think you are doing it for your employer. Know that you are a significant part of a concerted effort to make the world a better place. Every work is designed to solve people’s problems. The sweeper on the street is solving a problem in much the same way as the president in the office. It is the same idea of work. Without the gift of work, the world would be in a mess.

The third reason for work is that it enables us to serve people who are in need.

Ephesians 4:28
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

This is one of the most important reasons for work. When we work, we are also serving Christ.

Colossians 3:23
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.

Whatever work you are doing, know that you are doing it to the Lord and not to men. Work in any shape, size and form preserves the world. Let us love work and teach young people to love work. That is the only way we can change our world for the better.

The fourth reason why work was instituted is that, work brings fulfillment and joy. Still compared to birth, after birth the mother is filled with joy and forgets her pain. Work is to bring satisfaction to man. It has been proved that, on the average, those who work have a longer lifespan. Work gives you some contentment and self-esteem. When you finish a task, what kind of feeling comes over you.

Psalm 126:5-6
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Work comes with rejoicing. If you don’t enjoy your work it means either you are not doing it well or you lack knowledge.

Luke 10:17
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

They came back rejoicing because they had accomplished the work that was given them. There is joy in work. When you work hard and you are reaping the returns, how do you feel? You feel great and good.

John 4:36
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

The last reason why we should work is that, God works. See John 5:17. He worked in the beginning and he still hasn’t stopped working. Right from the beginning God created. That was work! He worked so hard that He had to take a rest. In the same way, he wants us to work and work hard. God is still working! Jesus said he is going to prepare a place for us and when he finishes, he will come back for us. Well if he is not yet here what else does it mean than that he is still busy preparing the place?

Genesis 2:2
And on the seventh day God ended his work which He had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Note: all his work. God works! He hates laziness and procrastination. One of the things Jesus sought to restore unto fallen man was the love for work. He said so many things about stewardship and faithfulness in work.

Luke 2:49
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my father’s business?

Right from the beginning, he introduced the work ethic. Be about your business. Work hard till you see the fruit of your labour coming.
See Mathew 25:14-30

He rebuked the lazy and unfaithful servant. Two things are to be noted here. The first man was called good and hard working. It is not only being good or faithful which counts but also working hard.
It is a disgrace for a Christian to walk about idling without finding some work to do. See 2 Thesselonians 3:8-10. Also see Ephesians 4:28.

You see? Work hard and enjoy it. Allow the word of God to transform your thinking about work. Teach your family the value of hard work by example and from the word of God. Love to work, because God works.

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