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Today’s slice of the Bread of Life, the Word of God, comes from Genesis 2:15:
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Even in paradise itself, before the fall of man, man had to work. Human work was a part of God’s original intent for His people. It is a divine gift and is not to be viewed as a punishment. In human work God was sharing a part of His responsibility to care for the world He created. Labor is a normal part of the responsibility of God’s people.
None of us were sent into the world to be idle. He that made our souls and bodies, has given us something to work with; and he that gave us this earth for our habitation, has made us something to work upon. The sons and heirs of heaven, while in this world, have something to do about this earth, which must have its share of their time and thoughts; and if they do it with an eye to God, they as truly serving him in it, as when they are upon their knees. Observe that the husbandman’s calling is an ancient and honourable calling; it was needful even in paradise. Also, there is true pleasure in the business God calls us to, and employs us in. Adam could not have been happy if he had been idle; it is still God’s law; 2 Thessalonians 3:10:
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
Do faith and work mix? Every monday morning we go to work, forgetting what we did on Sunday. and we move across an imaginary demarcation line. This means we have little relationship between what we experience on Sunday and what we do on Monday.
There are two questions I hope this message answers: First, do faith and work really mix in the Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 world? Second, does God make a distinction between so-called full time ministers and so-called laymen? Is there a heavenly class distinction between these Christians?…