Developing a Mind to Work

Posted on January 31, 2011 by

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Work; just hearing the word, some begin to perspire. The very simple truth is that since the time of Adam, work has been a part of the human experience (Gen. 2.15). It is also a simple, but unfortunate truth to observe in our contemporary scene an entitlement mentality. This is a mentality that believes “I deserve” opportunities and commodities at another’s expense.

What is work? Work is the exhaustion of energy to produce a thing or accomplish a task. Work may be mental or physical, and is both in most instances. Planning and carrying out a plan are two aspects of work. The creation of a product is just as much as part of its construction. Work is a dynamic thing.

In the narrative of Nehemiah, one of the many benchmarks in Israelite history is chronicled – the rebuilding of the Jerusalem walls. In retrospect, their productivity is evaluated:

So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. (Neh. 4.6)

The families of Israel all came to pitch in where they could; some were even armed to protect their family against their enemies. Nothing was going to hinder their work (Neh. 4.10ff).

This month we are examining our work as a congregation. We have listed several aspects of our work that we need to do (teach, seek the lost, encouragement, benevolence, etc.). We are talking through various ways we can meet our work as a congregation and how we individually fit into these works (Rom. 12.3-8; 1 Cor. 12.12-27).

We are proceeding this way because we know that a church which plans together will work together. There is much truth in the following words regarding church member involvement:

Strive to develop a program that is so broad, so deep and so wonderful that every member in the church can find a place to serve in areas that they are especially talented and trained in and where they feel comfortable. (Ira North, Balance [Nashville: Gospel Advocate. 1983] 31)

Pray with us that we may walk in worthy manner as His church.

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