THE WORD FOR TODAY
21 “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.
I read a study some years ago that said at that time the average American only worked productively for a little more than 6 and a half hours a day. After counting all the smoke breaks, water breaks, lunch breaks and goof off breaks the report concluded that in a typical year there were millions of man hours lost.
Work is a Biblical mandate…so often in verse 21 of Exodus 34 we focus on the mandate to rest on the seventh day but I want us to examine the mandate to work. God said, “Six days you shall work…”
I guess I grew up in a different error. When my step dad would hire on with a farmer that farmer knew that he also had 4 kids that would be chopping cotton during the summer. And sure enough every summer from the age of 9 until 17 years of age I chopped cotton during the summer and packed cotton in cotton trailers during the fall. And there were always chores around that house. There were no video games, television and of course no cell phone texting that kept me from my chores.
There is nothing wrong with work. As a believer I ought to apply a Biblical work ethic to every thing I do.
An ethic that shows, “A days work for a days pay.” I want people I work for to get their money’s worth because I know that I can honor God and bear witness to HIS power in my life.
A work ethic that values the boss’s property like it was my own property. When I worked as a tractor driver I drove that tractor as if I had paid for it. I took care to drive it the right way and not abuse that very expensive piece of equipment.
We ought to strive for a work ethic that seeks to do the job right the first time. Nothing wastes time like rework.
Even a work ethic that willingly goes the extra mile. I remember a Secretary that worked for our Chapel Office who once pointed out to me, “That is not in my job description.” And she didn’t do the task. She even had the “union” to back her refusal to complete that task.
If there is anyone who should work harder and better than anyone else it should be those who profess the name of Christ. We should seek to demonstrate our love for Jesus in our work. What a witness when God’s people honor HIM through the hard work to which they have been called.
Lord, may I honor YOU as I work this day…In Jesus Name...AMEN!!!