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TITLE: Why Work?

TEXT: Genesis 3:17-19

PROPOSITION: God expects our work to be done in the proper motive.





  1. Labor Day weekend = last fling of summer.
  2. Designed to honor the "working man".
  3. Why do we work?
    A. Work to eat and eat to work?
    B. To have things? Buy things?
  4. Judeo-Christian Work Ethic = Genesis 3:17-19
  5. Why labor? Why work?


Vain work for things, fame, glory

  1. John 6:27 Not for things that perish, but for eternal
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Steadfast, unmovable, not labor in vain.
  3. Galatians 4:11 I am afraid that I have labored in vain.
  4. 2 Peter 3:10-11 Earth and works burned up, these things dissolved
  5. Some do things "to be seen of men". Matthew 6:5


Part of the plan of God

  1. Genesis 3:17-19 Work with sweat of face
  2. God expects us to work, earn our way
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 Not work, neither should he eat
  4. Man must not be lazy, freeloader.
  5. This world does NOT owe you a life, shelter, food, etc.

Help others

  1. Ephesians 4:28 Labor have to give to those in need.
  2. Galatians 6:10 As opportunity do good to all men
  3. Earthquake victims, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.

Because we trust God

  1. Not in order to get from God a debt which God owes us
  2. Not to earn heaven, salvation, eternal life.
  3. 1 Timothy 4:10 We labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God
  4. Hebrews 6:10 God will not forget your labor of love ministered to the saints
  5. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Not forget your work of faith, labor of love, patience of hope

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