By Jerrie Barber
Working is a part of God’s plan for
man’s fulfillment and happiness. After creating the
world and making man of the dust, “the LORD God took the
man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it”
(Gen. 2:15). Paradise was not then nor is now a
place of constant leisure and no responsibilities.
Whether we are thinking of work by
which we provide a living for our family or a task we do
in the Lord’s service, there are some biblical principles
that will help us.
1. Find a work suited for you. Because of
background, natural ability, education, experience, and
interest, we do some things better than others. “For
as we have many members in one body, but all the members
do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one
body in Christ, and individually members of one another”
2. Do your best. Whether we are doing “church work”
or whether we are on the job, we are working for the
Lord. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to
the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you
will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve
the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24).
3. Schedule times of rest. God set the example by
resting on the seventh day after creating the world in
six. When the apostles had completed some work and
reported to Jesus the results, Jesus said, “Come aside by
yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mark
4. Be training others to do your work. It is no
compliment to anyone’s effectiveness and leadership for
any work to show a decline after he or she moves, is
promoted, or retires. Paul gave the principle to
Timothy when he wrote, “And the things that you have heard
from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men
who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:2).
5. Prepare for work in the future that will call for
growth. The challenging task of an elder is being
addressed when Paul wrote to Timothy, “If a man desires
the position of a bishop, he desires a good work” (1 Tim.
Work is designed by the Lord to be a
blessing - not a curse. How do you plan to be
blessed in your work?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should
walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).
- Jerrie Barber; via the weekly bulletin of the Harrisburg
church of Christ in Harrisburg, IL. You may visit
their website at