It’s said, what you save, you leave behind; what you spend, you have awhile, but what you give away, you take with you.
One of the fewer quoted scriptures in the Bible is found in Revelations the 14th chapter, verse 13. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” NKJV
Work defines who we are as a person both in the physical world and the spiritual world. The first question most folks ask someone when they first meet, “what do you do for a living?” They begin to draw conclusions in their minds about you based upon preconceived ideas what someone in your profession should be like. If you’re a doctor your profile will be totally different than someone who drives a truck for a living.
Work allows us to do things we want to do ordinarily we couldn’t. It allows us to purchase the things we need and don’t need. It allows us to be generous, and giving if we are so inclined. It shows we have a sense of responsibility to family and others in our community.
Work is spiritually important as well. It’s works of a different kind, and we are called to perform our duties. Obeying God just like obeying our regular boss, it’s part of our agreement with Christ. Christ is the greatest overseer in creation and His commands are set in stone. Whether we like it or not, they too define us. We can’t say our spiritual works don’t matter any more than say our works don’t matter in our physical job.
Living on this earth for God is spiritually defined by our works; are we slackers, rebellious, and malcontents? Or, are we truly living for God as good, honest, productive, workers whose sights are set on the corporate office.