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Christian Work Ethic
10/3/2014 6:36:19 PM by: Susan Lyttek

I don’t feel like writing this post. I really don’t. It has been a long and busy week and I’m tired. I want to kick back, play a game or two, read a book, or watch something on the DVR. But I made a commitment, so I write.

This week, Erik started not one, but two part time jobs. He will soon know the satisfaction of earning his first paycheck. And the disappointment of seeing how far the total drops from taxes and so forth. But he is gainfully employed and learning a new facet of life. A facet I tried to prepare him for through the years of homeschooling. However, nothing but the task itself truly teaches the skills and the discipline of being a good employee.

As he has watched Gary and I over the years, I hope and trust that he caught some of what we tried to live. He saw when we were tired, sick or both and still did what we needed to do.

He has also heard what we have taught him from the Scriptures.

Ruth, poor and a foreigner, worked hard to support her mother-in-law. She labored without complaining because it had to be done. And God blessed her for that and honored her as King David’s grandmother… and the lineage of the Messiah.

In the Ten Commandments, people notice the command for observing the Sabbath, but don’t always see what comes before it. Exodus 31:15 says: For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. (emphasis mine) Work is not a four-letter word in the negative sense. It, like play, holds part of the balance of our lives.

Even the apostle Paul worked as a tentmaker while he spread the gospel.  The tasks allowed him to feed himself, pay for anything he might need, and to meet others like Priscilla and Aquila who had the same trade. The job helped him ‘network’ before people even thought about that. “Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.” 1 Thessalonians 2:9

He even went on to say that “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10

So today, I don’t feel like doing this work. I think Erik might be a bit tired after his long week, too. But we have commitments before men and God. We work.

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