Work! (7 of 12) by Jerry Vines

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Work! (7 of 12)
Series: Proverbs for Parents
Dr. Jerry Vines
Proverbs 10-11


Some of the most enjoyable programs on television, to me, are reruns. I watch a lot of old reruns. Maybe one you run into is Gilligan's Island. The character that Bob Denver played on Gilligan's Island - when anyone used the word, ''work,'' around him - his character acted liked that was the worse thing that ever happened. He would react, ''WORK!!!'' As if it was a horrible thing.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, work is not a dirty four-letter word. The Bible teaches the value and virtue of work and I think it is very important for us to teach our boys and girls also the important of work.

We are living in a day where parents have a desire to do a great deal for their children. I applaud that and God bless all you wonderful parents who provide so marvelously for your children. But as we provide for our children, we must never get to the point that we do all of the work for them and they don't learn the importance and value of work.

I heard about a couple of teenagers talking one day. One of them said, ''I'm worried to death about my parents. My dad just slaves at his job, pays all the bills and sees to it that I never have need of anything. He is putting away money for my college education. My mom just works day and night washing my clothes and preparing my meals and picking up after me and taking care of me while I'm sick.''

The friend said, ''What are you so worried about?''

He said, ''I'm afraid they might try to escape.''

If you are not very careful you will get so concerned about the welfare of your children that you do it all for them. Work is something that needs to be passed on to our boys and girls. A work ethic will have a great deal to do with their well-being and future enjoyment of life.

The Bible teaches the value of work. You may be interested to know that the first work recorded in the Bible was done by none other than God himself. On Sunday evenings I am talking about the first day of creation. When you get to the 7th day, in Genesis 2, the Bible says that the Lord completed the work that he had done and he rested from his work on the 7th day.

So the first worker recorded in the Bible is none other than God Himself. God worked.

Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, knew what it was to work. Jesus evidently worked in the carpentry shop of Joseph until He was about 30 years of age. I have never pictured Jesus as some kind of weak or anemic individual. Jesus was a carpenter. He knew what it was to work with His hands. He was a worker.

You may remember that Jesus said in John 5, verse 17, ''My father works hitherto and I work.'' Shortly after the work of creation was done, the Bible tells us about the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Having completed His work of creation, now having been spoiled by sin, the Bible teaches that God began to work again and He began His work of redemption. Though Jesus wo ...


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