Work is good. Work is necessary. Work is fun.
Now that we’re done with arbitrary, profound, and opinionated statements. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about work.
The second chapter in the Bible, Genesis 2, is where we first see the word “work” and it is referencing God and His creation of the world. The word appears frequently in Exodus, being used to describe both the toil of the enslaved Israelites, and God’s plaguing of the Egyptians. Later on in the book, when God gives His laws to Moses to give to the people He sets aside a law for work: “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:”.
The last meaning of the word “work” in the book of Exodus is the word being used as a noun to describe the product of labour: cunning work, beaten work of linen and metals.
Without question, the most frequented passage in support of working is
2 Thessalonians 3:10
…that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Meaning if you will not provide for yourself, other’s should not have to take care of you. This falls under what Paul was saying when he spoke on not being a burden or hindrance to the church. Is it good to work? Yes. Is it profitable to work? Yes. Is it fun to work? That all depends on you.
Do you sincerely want to do work? Sometimes I find I do my best work when it is done for others. When I look at a task as being helpful or encouraging to someone else, it helps me put the task in perspective with the grand scheme of life.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist