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We are free to work

We are free to work 

God’s plan for us always included us working- for and with God-[1] and resting.

This is not what other religions and cultures say about work.

The Christian understanding of work is that that work is not what we do to live, but what we live to do. It is the medium in which we offer ourselves to God. [2]

Freedom is…

This is in line with the Christian view of freedom. Everyone is free to choose the call Christ ‘Lord’[3].

The Christian worldview is that freedom is not the absence of restrictions. Freedom is finding the right limitations, those that work for us knowing our natures and God’s love.

So the commandments of God in the Bible are a means of liberation, because through them God calls us to be what he built us to be. [4]  One of the commandments is: “Six days you shall labour, and do all your work”. [Exodus 20:9][5]

We work because we are free to do so.

We work because doing so is part of our design.

  1. ‘While God works for us as our Provider, we also work for him. Indeed, he works though us. Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain” indicates that God is building the house (providing for us) through the builders. Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavour: connecting your work to God’s plan for the world,(Hodder& Stroughton, 2012). I am using the Kindle version. This quote is from page 36 of that version.
  2. Dorothy Sayers, “Why Work? In Creed or Chaos? (Harcourt, Brace, 1949), 53
  3. Meaning there is freedom to not call Christ ‘Lord’. Freedom of choice is an indication of the nature of our God: God is our creator, and could therefore have created us to believe in him as part of our human nature. If he had done that, the relationship between us and him would be creator and machine. The fact that we have freedom to choose speaks to a God whose nature is to desire a loving relationship with his creation, one living person loving another.
  4. Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavour: connecting your work to God’s plan for the world,(Hodder& Stroughton, 2012). I am using the Kindle version. This quote is from page 40 of that version.
  5. And on the seventh we rest! More about resting later.
13th Dec 2018