Work! (7 of 12) by Jerry Vines
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Proverbs for Parents
Dr. Jerry Vines
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
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
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
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 th ...
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