All honorable work and the workers who do it deserve our respect. Jesus says in Matthew 25:40, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” and Deuteronomy 24:14 declares, “Do not take advantage of a hired man.”
In God’s eyes, work is much more than mere secular labor. Work is a divine calling and part of God’s plan for the development of the world he created. The God-ordained aspects of human work go beyond compensation, culture, and occupation.
Consider the following passages from Genesis 1 and 2:
Genesis 1:28 and 2:15
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground … The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (emphasis added)
Adam and Eve were mankind’s first workers and their job description was to “subdue … rule over … work … and take care of” the Garden. The Garden of Eden was never a place of idleness. God designed us to engage with his creation–to be fruitful, active, and creative. We are all stewards of the created things God sends our way.
God cares more about your heart than your job title. At its core your work is a service to God to be performed to his glory.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God created mankind in his image and likeness. He placed us in his world to live and work in harmony with him, nature, and each other.
White collar, blue collar, or no collar; grand or meager; in an office building or on a roadside – God esteems all honorable work and the workers who do it.
We Christians are uniquely equipped to affirm the good work of others in our family and community and at your place of employment.