The Duty of Work and Labor

August 23 | Taken from a message by Adrian Rogers

Do you know what is wrong with this generation? For the most part, our young people are unfamiliar with the work ethic of the WWII/Great Depression generation. They simply do not know the responsibility of honest work and hard labor. And sadly, I’ve seen many who simply don’t want to work. They’re looking for a free ride through a lottery or a “get rich quick” scheme.

The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” God commands labor. He says, “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work” (Exodus 20:9).

The ancient Jews understood that this commandment was just as true as the one saying we are to rest on the seventh day. They saw labor and work as a divine imperative. Labor is the gift of God. Work is not a curse.

I don’t care how much money you have. Work is not bad. Work is good. Ephesians 4:28 says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” It’s good to work.

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