We were meant to enjoy our work, and that’s the best thing we can do.
(Ecclesiastes 3:22 CEV)
I believe that working for a living is God’s will for us. Since the beginning, God appointed man to work. Genesis 2:15 tells us that God put Adam to work in the Garden of Eden. Jesus, too, set an example for us because He was known as a carpenter (Mark 6:3). And God, Jesus tells us, is always at work (John 5:17). So when it was reported that idleness was found among the Thessalonian Christians, the Apostle Paul, who was a hard worker himself, warned them:
My dear friends, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I beg you not to have anything to do with any of your people who loaf around and refuse to obey the instructions we gave you. You surely know that you should follow our example. We didn’t waste our time loafing, and we didn’t accept food from anyone without paying for it. We didn’t want to be a burden to any of you, so night and day we worked as hard as we could. We had the right not to work, but we wanted to set an example for you. We also gave you the rule that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. Now we learn that some of you just loaf around and won’t do any work, except the work of a busybody. So, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask and beg these people to settle down and start working for a living. (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12)
Finally, consider Paul words to the Colossians as the key for enjoying work, “Do your work willingly, as though you were serving the Lord himself, and not just your earthly master” (Colossians 3:23).
Working for a living is God’s will for us.