[PC-USA] 2020-09-07 - Biblical Passages about Work

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This devotional is not only for those working in a workplace, but also for those unable to work because of age or disability, for those who are "retired," those working at home (and there are more of us than ever!) and for all of us. It may not be what is standardly thought of as work - but God has "work" for every single one of us to do. Prayer can be "work," too - and not only for those unable to physically handle what is normally thought of as "work." I doubt that I am speaking only for myself when I say that though it seems simple on the surface, I have found that prayer can be one of the most challenging examples of doing God's work, because we cannot go out and take things into our own hands! No, with prayer, we sometimes actually have to be patient and wait on the Lord! 🙂

Since we are celebrating Labor Day today, we present one of our occasional devotionals that present verses on a subject, allowing the Bible to speak for itself without commentary. I do want to add one brief note. May we all give thanks for those who MUST work today, for our own sakes - nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, air traffic controllers and more.

Passages compiled by Janice Moser

Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (My personal favorite, which applies to EVERYTHING we do. I even used this one on my college graduation announcements.)

1 Timothy 5:18 (NCV)
… The Scripture says: “… A worker should be given his pay."

Ephesians 4:28 (NIV)
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Titus 2:9-10 (Modern English Version)
Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, to please them well in everything, not answering back or stealing, but showing complete fidelity, so that they may exemplify the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NASB)
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.
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