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|you have put off the old man
with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is
renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
"Look to Abraham your
father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased
I am a new man in Christ
|The goal of life in non-Christian societies, is to
reach a position in life where work is unnecessary and where others can be commanded to
work for you.
The attitude among the Hebrews was that a man who did not teach his child two things, the law of God, and how to work, a trade, taught him to be a thief. The Puritans held to this same standard. Work was not the duty of slaves, but the calling of God's elect.
In terms of the modern mentality, there is a marked flight from work; work is seen as a curse, and idleness as a blessing, a goal to be attained, and a state of bliss. Men work in order to be free from work and to be idle. Today in both the Western nations and the Marxist states, work is increasingly seen as a burden and a curse. [For the Christian,] the reward for work is dominion and achievement. The purpose of rest is not escape from work, but a rest in the Lord, and a refreshing before return to work.
R.J. Rushdoony, "Work," Salvation and Godly Rule, 1983.
|Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work.
Animals merely survive. Human beings, created in the Image of God, work. Even after their basic material needs are met, God's Image-Bearers work, and extend Christ's dominion over the earth.
I honor the urge to exercise dominion over the earth which God gave me (Genesis 1:26-28).
I work for quality. I have the patience to do simple things perfectly and thereby strengthen my skill to do difficult things easily. I do not simply get a task out of the way, but add a measure of beauty and craftsmanship to everything I do.
I do not work unnecessarily. I constantly find ways to work more effectively.
I am committed to making the conditions under which men work less oppressive and more honorable.
I do hard work day and night so as not to impose on anyone (2 Thess. 3:8)
The Spirit is making me a workman committed to:
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
|And we know that all things work together for good to
those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom
He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He
might be the firstborn among many brethren.
-- Romans 8:28-29
I have remembered Thy Name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept