those are pretty strong words. he says, if i don’t take care of my family i’m worse than an infidel, an unbeliever. i have denied the faith. that is how important, GOD says work is.
it was HIS idea and HE says we do it to support the family.
and then work develops my character. that is the third purpose. GOD uses your job as a proving ground to develop your character.
luke 16.10-12 (niv), whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much...if you have not been trustworthy in handling wordly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? and if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own?
folks, GOD is more interested in perfecting you than pampering you. and there are many, many characteristics that you can learn on your job that you can’t learn anywhere else.
i’ve written down this list of qualities: honesty, dependability, loyalty, sensitivity, patience, self-control, enthusiasm, flexibility, persistence, cheerfulness, fairness, integrity, confidence, forgiveness, punctuality just to mention a few.
GOD wants to develop character in your life. your job is a classroom for character.
now listen. some of you can’t stand your boss. that boss, you say, is heavenly sandpaper on my life.
GOD wants to teach you from that boss, even if they are wrong, GOD wants to teach you.
you can leave the job but you will never learn the lesson and guess what, GOD will give you another chance with another boss. but the next time may be worse because GOD didn’t get your attention, you didn’t learn the lesson with the last one.
you see GOD is trying to teach you.