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.