I think that if we had to say to everyone in world, "you don't need to work anymore, but you will still get paid," most people would say, "Oh yes please!"
Of course this is never going to happen, but it does open up a question concerning how we view our work and how we spend our days.
- If you asked a teenager - they would prefer not to do any work.
- If you asked a busy person, they would argue that they work too hard.
- And then there are the pensioners who would love to still be at work in some kind of way.
- And of course, there are those who are struggling to find work - they would love to have a job.
Solomon's word to us today reminds me that we should be grateful for the work we have and that we should honour the Lord with the work of our hands.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." - Ecclesiastes 9:10
Paul said something similar in Colossians 3:23:
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters"
Sam Ewing wrote: "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
Living in Grace