MUSINGS – September 06 2018
“I am now entrusting you to God and to his message that tells how kind he is. That message can help you grow and can give you the inheritance that is shared by all of God’s holy people. “I never wanted anyone’s silver, gold, or clothes. You know that I worked to support myself and those who were with me. I have given you an example that by working hard like this we should help the weak. We should remember the words that the Lord Jesus said, ‘Giving gifts is more satisfying than receiving them.'”
The fact that the United States embraced democracy and free enterprise made it unique among the countries of the world. People were free to develop their inventions and innovations and receive the reward for those ideas. It was such a revolutionary idea that it has literally changed the world in which we live. The Christian work ethic had a lot to do with this success.
Our labor is a form of worship to the Lord, if we have the right attitude about it. That’s what Colossians 3:23-25 says, “Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as though you were working for your real master and not merely for humans. You know that your real master will give you an inheritance as your reward. It is Christ, your real master, whom you are serving.”
Ephesians 6:7-8 shares a similar concept: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” In essence, this is the Christian work ethic. We are commanded to put forth our best efforts, to work from our heart and soul at whatever we do.
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