Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

Category: Genesis

Made to Work

Genesis 2:15 – ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’

God created the human race and right from the start, placed Adam in a place where he was to work. I am blessed to live in a country where when I am home raising my daughter in her early years and my husband and I are below a certain earning bracket, we receive regular payments from the government to help subsidise the cost of raising a child.

This is a blessing to us and one that we don’t take for granted. As a couple keen to be stewards of what God has blessed us with, whatever we don’t need financially for the week, we save – consistently. I love that we are able to save for our daughter’s future, but am aware that many abuse this system and are able to get ‘paid’ on a regular basis when they could in fact be working in society, contributing by paying taxes and developing a good work ethic.

Although we receive these payments, my husband works a permanent job and I work casually from home. On top of this, I have a 2016 goal to earn a particular amount via a residual income, which I work on each week in the form of writing.

God created us to work. For anyone who thinks they are not made to work, I encourage them to look at Genesis 2:15. We were made in God’s image and that in itself was done through work from God. We are to imitate him and so, I believe we are to work.

The incredible thing is that from work, we are able to save as well as support our needs.  God has provided this means for us.

Balancing Work and Rest

Genesis 2:2-3 – ‘By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.’

Whether you think God needed to rest or not, right there in the first book of the bible he was setting an example for us to follow. We are human; we are not perfect. We get tired, we can be hurt and we can’t go on without taking a break. In his perfect knowledge, God set an example for us to follow of making one day in seven as a day to rest.

Whatever day this is for you, it is important to give your body, mind and spirit a chance to rest one day a week. Whether this is to spend time with family only, to relax and read, to play sports or do something else that you enjoy, it should also be a day focused on spending time with God and thanking him for all he’s done (though we should be doing this each day!).

If we are to find wealth in life, it is important to not think that this will occur through our own physical effort, seven days a week.  Take time to recharge!

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