23rd January 2018

The Working Class

“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
John5:17 (NIV)

Now that I have retired, most of my dreams seem to be work-related as if testing me to solve or fix things in my area of expertise—not a bad thing, as I get enjoyment from my work/now dreams, although I don’t get paid. Its true that work can be enjoyable, and even DIY around the home and gardening has to be done, even when retired.

We are created with the ability and need to work. We may desire to produce something worthwhile when we work, even if we are in a job that doesn’t always seem fulfilling. But times are hard, with mass unemployment and redundancies, so be thankful if you have a job. If we don’t have a job, it takes effort to try to obtain employment that we can do.

When we work for an employer, we are also serving them, i.e. the serving class blends with the working class. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

As you know, Jesus was a carpenter. In those days it meant more than working with wood, it involved building houses. Let’s see what Jesus has to say about work! The header scripture shows us there is a more gracious work we can do—in John 5:17 Jesus was speaking about his ‘Spiritual work,’ in which we are invited participate. So work is not just to work to feed our families and ourselves, we are invited to serve one another and to work with one another. We are told, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life…Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’” (John 6:27-29). This work we must do if in work, unemployed or retired. God does the ‘Saving,’ we do the ‘facilitating,’ to help people come to know God.

We were created to work with our mind and body and thus be fulfilled for all eternity. As it says in Philippians 2:12, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

Father, help us to be productive in our work to our employer and also to you, in our service in the church and those we know in the world. In Jesus Christ’s holy name.

Study by Mark Reynard


About the Author:
Mark Reynard is a Deacon in Grace Communion Church.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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