Working Hard for the Money

There is a sense of satisfaction when payday comes around, isn’t there? Honestly, it feels good to get paid and to receive recognition and reward for work. We were designed to work and to be productive. When we fulfill that part of our design, it feels good, and we feel a sense of pride in what we have accomplished and in what we have received.

However, let’s consider something a little deeper. Where did we get the ability to be productive? How did we receive talents and skills that would result in someone paying us in order to use them?

The Bible tells us pretty clearly that when we begin to congratulate ourselves on a job well done, we also should remember the source of our abilities.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 says, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”

And then, I Corinthians 4:7 says, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”

When God created us, He gifted us with productive abilities. He gave us tools for us to produce wealth.  When God created Adam, He gave him abilities and skills and then gave him a job to work in the Garden of Eden. This was not a curse; it was given to him before he took a bite of the forbidden fruit. The opportunity to work, to create, and to produce was a gift that was reflective of God’s image as One who works and creates.

Sure, we work hard for the money, but we are God’s creation using God’s gifts to produce God’s paychecks.  And, don’t forget- we must go back to Deuteronomy, “But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”

Thing about it, and have a blessed day.

Scott Sanford
EXECUTIVE PASTOR (STEWARDSHIP AND OPERATIONS)

office: 972.359.7777 x2021