Work— Labor
 
Whether we are salespersons or teachers, studying in school,
staying home with the children, or climbing telephone poles, 
we all have the responsibility of work. The Bible challenges 
us to do something for the betterment of our world as well 
as for God’s glory. Whether we realize it or not, God is 
working all the time. When some Pharisees criticized Jesus 
for healing a man on the Sabbath, He said that God is working 
and that He also works (John 5:17). Jesus is a worker without 
a hint of laziness. Everyone who is Christ’s disciple should be 
occupied with work. Look at a few Scriptures that challenge
us in this area.


1. Genesis 2:15.

God created Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden, 
telling him he had a job to do. Has that order been revoked? 
How is work a blessing?


2. Nehemiah 4:3–6, 21.

The Hebrews had returned from captivity in Babylon. 
They rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in fifty-two days. 
How were they criticized? 
With what attitude did they work? 
How can we learn from their work ethic?


3. Proverbs 24:30–34.

What happens to people who are lazy and won’t work? 
What are some ills of society that could be solved by work?


4. Matthew 5:16.

Jesus says we should let our light shine. 
For what purpose? 
Who receives the praise? 
How is God glorified through Christians’ lives?


5. Romans 16:1.

Paul commended Phoebe, a church deaconess. 
Deacon, diakanos in Greek, means “servant.” 
Do you know people who work in your church 
without calling attention to themselves?


6. 1 Corinthians 3:9.

Have you thought of our being God’s partners in daily work? 
What did Paul say about work? 
Discuss how we work with God.


7. 1 Corinthians 15:56–58. 
Since a great future awaits God’s people, 
what should be our attitude toward work? 
Why is work in God’s kingdom never in vain or useless?


8. Ephesians 2:8–10.

How do we become Christians?
If God’s grace saves us, why should we work?
What does Paul call us? 
What kind of work should we do?


9. 2 Thessalonians 3:10–13.

What does Paul say about those who refuse to work? 
What is the danger of being idle? 
What is Paul’s final admonition?

10. Hebrews 10:24.

What is mentioned before work or good deeds in this verse? 
How can we encourage others to work? 
How do we teach children to be responsible? 
Do you have suggestions for the unemployment problem?


From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor

About the Author (2010):

Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He
received his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary
and his DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has
written a weekly devotional message for newspapers in the towns where
he has served as pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.

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Boom! President Trump Issues Warning To Deep State: “You’ll Be Surprised At The Names Of People Involved In The Corruption”

President Trump joined Judge Jeanine Pirro by phone last night for an extensive interview.

The president sounded very upbeat in the interview and hopeful that Democrats will act soon on border security and end to their government shutdown. “We’re doing very well with China. We’re doing well with North Korea. You know I was dealt a very tough hand.” On the shutdown President Trump said, “They think it’s politics. I think it’s very bad politics. I think the country wants to have protection at the border.”

The President also discussed the ongoing deep state witch hunt of him and his campaign and administration. Judge Pirro then asked the president if he has ever been actively working in Russia. “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked. I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever had written. And if you read the article you see that they found absolutely nothing.”

President Trump took a swipe at Jeff Bezos, “Washington Post that’s basically the lobbyist for Amazon. He uses that, Bezos has bigger problems than anybody right now.”

Then President Trump dropped this bomb. “The whole Russia thing is a hoax… Everybody knows it… Wait til you see how it all ends up. You watch. McCabe, Lisa Page, Strzok.

You watch. Including some others I should not name. I better not. You watch. It would make front page news if I do. You’ll be surprised at the names of the people involved in the corruption.“

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