God ordained work at the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden. Your work is a calling from God and it is good. Jesus worked as an example for us to follow.
Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
Exodus 20:9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work ….”
Proverbs 10:4 “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
Mark 6:3 “Isn’t this the carpenter?”
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’”
God’s Career Guide articles in the Biblical Principles of Work category:
Life’s Top Three Priorities - Genesis 1 reveals these as life’s first three priorities. God gave them to us in the Garden of Eden on Day Six of creation.
God and the Origin of Work – Genesis 1 and 2 record the seminal elements of all human work. God and work were linked together at the beginning of time.
Seven Keys to a Blessed Career - Bible-based guides for the working Christian. Work changes but God never does.
Why Was Jesus a Carpenter? – Jesus was a carpenter by trade. He learned a craft and worked like others in His community.
Hard Work Brings a Profit - The results of your hard work are always good, wide-spread, and long-lasting.
Spirit-Filled Work - The first person the Bible names as being “filled … with the Spirit” was not a prophet, or priest, but an ordinary craftsman.
3 Bible Verses for Your Career – The Bible is the bestselling book of all time. Apply these three verses to your job and career.
Respect Your Employer – Christians should be the best employees in every organization.
Sluggards Don’t Work - The “sluggard” is a person who does not work. Whatever the “sluggard” does, the conscientious Christian should do the opposite.
Jethro’s Advice to Moses - Three simple management principles – what worked for Moses in the wilderness years ago will work for you in the workplace today.
Leisure God’s Way – Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Work has limits. The whole of life includes times of rest, leisure, work, and more.
Designed to Work - God designed you to “subdue … rule over … work … take care of” His created order. Work is God’s idea.
Retirement and the Bible - Numbers 8:23-26 are the only verses in the Bible referring to retirement. Both work and retirement are mandates from God.
Connecting God with Work – All work has a spiritual component. Work done God’s way goes beyond co-workers and customers, beyond profit and production.
The Christian Worker - Christian workers should be the best workers. We are adopted by the Father, united with the Son and indwelt with the Spirit.
Jesus’ Ordinary Work – As a carpenter, Jesus learned a skill, picked up tools, and made things. Like you, Jesus was known by His occupation (Mark 6:3).
Make Time to Rest – God places boundaries on your work, and He does it for your own good. Work has limits. Rest is a creation mandate.
The Worker’s Dignity – All honorable work and the people who do it deserve respect. God values work differently than the world.
Bringing God to Work – The centrality of Christ encompasses all things, and this includes your work and career.