The Christian Work Ethic


  1. I thought I would reflect this Labor Day weekend on what the Bible says about work, the Christian work ethic, and the Christian in the workplace.
  2. Work is a mixed blessing. Work is both rewarding and a toil as the result of the fall of man [Gen. 3:17].

Transition: The Christian is to take on God’s view and a Christian view in regard to work. I want to share some thoughts on the Christian work ethic.

1. God ordained work.

God ordained work and work ethics in the garden of Eden [Gen. 1:27-30; 2:15-20].

2. Work has become a struggle.

What was intended to have joy in the original creation has become a struggle because of the curse due to sin [Gen 3:17-19].

3. Work without complaining.

We must do everything without complaining to be a good witness before the world [Phil. 2:14].

4. Obey our employers.

We are to obey our employers [Eph. 6:5-9; Col. 3:22-25].

5. Stay away from the lazy.

We are to stay away from the able-bodied who don’t work and can work [2 Thess. 3:6-13].

6. Provide for our family.

We work to provide for our family [1 Tim. 5:8].

7. Be honest.

We are to be honest in our work [Titus 2:9-10].

8. Share with others.

We are to share with those in need [Eph. 4:28].

9. Value of work.

The value of work is not measured by the wealth it produces for us, but the opportunities it provides for ministry.

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