David Pawson-The Biblical Attitude to Work
Jesus’ Business Life…
When our Lord walked this earth, His association with work and a professional job was stunning, to say the least. The people who knew Him identified him as “the carpenter” (Mark 6:2-3), meaning He did more than part-time carpentry work every so often. Rather, the use of the definite article “the Carpenter” clearly pointed to it as His occupation and even operating a business, where He offered a service and made a profit. But also, His claims to be God and yet working with His hands as a carpenter challenged the culture’s warped view of work. The Greco Roman culture of His day thought any person who worked such a menial job with his hands was unimportant and lacking any influence within society. But Jesus was exemplary in His work as a carpenter. We are told that He grew not only in favor with God, but also in favor with humans (Luke 2:52), which included those with whom He associated with in His professional life. Though the world in His day look upon His carpentry job as meaningless, His work life drew the attention of people and His Heavenly Father, who said in Mark 1:11, “You are my beloved Son, in You I have been pleased.” When these words were spoken Jesus had not entered His public ministry as yet. Up to this point all that He had done was work as carpenter. Our Lord’s example demonstrates that the value of our work is more than having a job or position... It is a calling where we portray our relationship to the Lord daily in the many ways we perform our work.
(Paul Curtas, Author of “When God Shows Up At Work” Godinwork.com)
* Paul Curtas is the author of a book explaining that God made work for good and Jesus had a job too... as a carpenter ... right up to the point he was asked John to baptise Him in the river Jordan. For more information on his book titled 'When God shows up at work' go to www.Godinwork.com
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