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This week on the diary we are looking at how a Christian must work, or our relationship with productivity. We shall focus on how the young and able bodies should work with their hands and how the experienced and affluent should treat their workers too. This concept is known as The Protestant work ethic which was popularized in 1930 by Max Weber in his book (link to the book is the recommended resources).

This week’s theme for the diary is broken into 5 parts;

  1. Working Hard, and for God’s Glory. Col 3:23, Eccl 9:10
  2. The Christian must have a Skill – 1Thess 2, Acts 18:3
  3. Relationship between Christian employees and Christian Staff (Servant and Master ethics). Ephesians 6:5-9
  4. Christian Work Ethic means no Laziness, no excuses. Proverbs 6:6-11
  5. There’s blessings in hard work. Proverbs 14:23

Recommend Resources:

  1. Steve Lawson – Working as for the Lord (Ligonier YouTube Channel)
  2. Christians in the Workplace (https://gospellight.sg/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CEP-Lesson-6.pdf)
  3. Colossians 3, Ephesians 6:5-9
  4. United in Christ – Living together in Community (https://bible.org/seriespage/8-relating-one-another-harmony-pt-3-harmony-servants-and-masters-65-9)
  5. The Protestant work Ethic ( https://selforganizedseminar.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/weber_protestant_ethic.pdf )

Introduction

A Christian’s work ethic is not just about working hard, but about working hard for the glory of God and the good of others.

God instituted work with creation, prior to the Fall. Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” After Adam and Eve sinned, work became toil (Genesis 3:17-19), but work itself is included in the “very good” part of creation (Genesis 1:31).

So, The Christian must work, and we have to work hard, working as for the Lord.