Thursday, May 31, 2018

"The Honor of Work"

Acts 20.34-35 NAS

“…these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me.

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said,...

‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

General Colin Powell said, “All work is honorable, so always do your best. Someone is watching.” How true. The apostle Paul claimed, “by working hard in this manner you must help the weak.”

In the outrageous book Brain Droppings, comedian George Carlin observed, “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit!” According to Carlin “most people” know nothing about the honor of work.

Sales guru Brian Buffini recalls with audiences working in his father’s painting contracting business as a youth in Ireland. At the end of the day Brian’s dad would review his work and inquire, “Brian, can you put your name to that?” If not, Brian had to stay late and finish the job the right way.

Why do I work hard? Is it for the money? Definitely not. Is it to serve my ego and become the best in my field and win the praise of my colleagues? I don’t think so. Is it because I’m a workaholic and mask the pain of unresolved personal issues with the one thing I know how to do well? I hope not. Paul tells me why I work hard. “…by working hard in this manner you must help the weak.” Apparently, by working hard, I help people less fortunate than me and those unable to provide for themselves. By working hard…
  • I help my family enjoy the quality of life they deserve.
  • I help less diligent people learn by my example the meaning and value of hard work.
  • I help the cause of Christ through the dollars I am able to give.
  • I help my treasured clients get what they want and need.
Why do I work more? To give more. It’s simple. I work to give. After all, nothing I earn is mine. All commissions, paychecks, and investment income belong to God. I work hard to bring honor to Christ and fulfill, if possible, His wish for my life: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

There is honor in work and great honor in hard work. The thing I do is not ‘just a job.’ It’s an honorable endeavor and an opportunity to serve Jesus and give to others. Consider this…
“You are your work. Work is personal. The firefighters and all the people in the world Trade Center were at work when they died on 9/11/01.” [1]
With God’s help, I will begin this day with a positive attitude toward my job and take to heart the command of Paul: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”, (Colossians 3.23 NIV).

[1] Alan Weber of Fast Company and former managing editor of Harvard Business Review.

The black and white image is "The Hand Work Press Logo" for Matt Borghi's East Lansing, Michigan-based letterpress and design studio and used by permission (


Christina Newland said...

Greaat site Dad!

Anonymous said...

This is great Dave. The verse I have been trying to put to memory this week has been Ephesians 6:7 - Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Another version (The Message)puts it this way.

Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don't just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ's servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you're really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free.

My views on work and the level at which I perfrom it was demonstrated to me first by my father, but it has been honed through a better understanding of Gods Word over the years. It is during the "bad" days at work that co-workers see my attitude and i pray makes them curious to why I do what I do.

Jon M

Dave's Bible Blog said...

Hey Jon,

That is a great scripture in Ephesians. I especially like your idea that our attitude on the job (especially during "bad days") is very important. Thanks for your comments.