As I was reading my Bible recently, I was struck by how much Christians are commanded to work. I keep coming across verbs for the believer.
We are to work and be active in the faith God is growing in us. We are called to action. Not to earn our salvation, that’s already done by Jesus; but, rather, in response to God’s call on us.
Proverbs 12:11, “ Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.”
Psalm 34:14, “ Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
I Thessalonians 4:11-12, “ and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. “
2 Thessalonians 3:12, “ Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living”
Proverbs 31:27, “ She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
2 Timothy 2:21, “ Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work”
James 2:17, “ So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
James 2: 22, “ You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works”
Psalms 90:17, “ Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
Proverbs 16:3, “ Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”
Colossians 3:23-24, “ Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
I haven’t valued this Biblical truth enough. I was practicing contemplation and looking for God in the mystical. I didn’t realize that in practicing contemplative prayer and practices, I was adhering to new age beliefs. It greatly hindered my obedience in working. The more I focused on solitude-quiet-practicing presence of God, the less inclined I was to work. The focus on the spiritual seemed more important. It seemed the right thing to do; but, was in fact, disobedience against God.
One of the books I noticed that was written about this topic is this one
God has given me work to do, it’s in front of me. No need for mystical experiences. How freeing when God rescues and cleanses us free! We can go about our days, doing the work that is in front of us.