Work: An Overview

“An honest man’s the noblest work of God,”
And honest work reflects the heart of God.
For God Himself began the first to work,
When ex nihilo He designed the earth.
United was the Godhead in this task,
Both in the work and in the rest at last.
And man himself was tasked with holy work,
A servant of the Lord of highest worth,
And as a steward of the world God made,
Was called to tend, subdue, to prune, and name.
Though now he works in pain, and thorns, and sweat,
And toils in the soil to be fed.
So when you work with tears and aching hands,
Remember: God created work for man.
The curse is in the pain, not in the task.
Though work endures, the sorrow soon will pass.
And dignity is born in honest work,
Though blue or white, though clean or cleaning dirt.
And work is needful if you want to eat,
And resting too, as God Himself decreed.
So work as though for God, in excellence,
For men like that will work for presidents.
Yet in this world, your work will weary be,
And you will break in your mortality.
For you can never work in your own might,
But come to Christ, because His yoke is light.
The heavy-laden, weary human soul,
In work for Christ will find their rest made whole.

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