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Work is not a curse of God

Sunday, January 04, 2015

For many people in today’s world, work is anything but a pleasure. Most of you who are reading this are working for long hours at a job that they do not particularly enjoy, they dread going to work each day.

A lot of people say it doesn’t matter much if you love your work. If you do, that’s great — it’s a bonus. But the main purpose of a job is to put food on the table, and actually liking what you do is secondary.

For many people, work has become nothing more than a paycheck.  While being paid for the work we do is important, it is not the most important factor in finding a great job.  The most important factor in having a great job is passion.

But is work something we do to pass time through this earthly life until we reach our heavenly reward? Doesn't the Bible tell us that work was the resulting curse to Adam for eating from the tree of life?

Is it possible to blend a life committed to God with a life of meaningful work?

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Let's be honest, when this part of life is out of sorts, the burden can be difficult to manage.

The Bible promotes a positive view of hard work. It says that work and its fruitage are a blessing. Solomon wrote: “Everyone should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13) God, who loves us and always has our best interests at heart, wants us to find satisfaction in our work and to enjoy the fruits of our labour. To remain in His love, we need to live in harmony with His viewpoint and His principles regarding work.

Work is not a curse of God but one of the benefits of walking in His will. Finding or doing the work you love is not a self-serving goal; it is a required component of fulfilling our true calling.

As you press forward with your job search or your current job, here are four questions to settle:

  1. Realize that God has a plan for your work and discovering His will for your work will be freeing and invigorating.

  2. Align the necessities to find the work you love.  These necessities are your skills, talents, abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions.

  3. Identify your strengths and discover your top five strengths. You will love the job that uses your strengths.


Other questions to ponder: 

  1. What did you love to do when you were a child?

  2. What did you imagine before the world told you it wasn’t possible?

  3. What work do you gravitate to, even when it’s unpaid or unnecessary?


Go forth with passion, determination, self-discipline, and faith to find the God given work that you love.

Question: Why are people so scared or unwilling to do the work they love? Share your thoughts and experiences.

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