WORK MAKES A MAN
There is nothing more wretched than the plight of a youth without discipline and not knowing how to work grown into a man who expects to receive what the world cannot give him and blames hard working people for his own wretchedness and plight.
There is nothing more pleasing than that man receiving Jesus Christ as his Saviour and discovering the pure joy and inner peace of being a man after God’s own heart!
Being unemployed is demoralizing for any man and contrary to God’s purpose for him. It’s a consequence of his own or his father’s disobedience.
“Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.” Genesis 3:23 NKJV
A good man is willing to accept his sentence to work for life. He is the provider. A husband nourishes and cherishes his wife as himself. Ephesians 5:25-33 NKJV.
He cannot nourish his wife unless he accepts discipline, which he should have learnt in his youth, and works productively. He cannot cherish his wife unless he walks in the wisdom of humility with a servant heart, redeeming time.
Do not be deceived, unless the man obeys God’s instructions he cannot receive God’s blessings of redemption, peace on earth and eternal life.
Unless the wife also obeys God’s instructions, respects her husband and cares for their family, neither will she receive God’s blessings. – Proverbs 31:28-31 NKJV
Adam showed contempt for God and his wife by agreeing to eat from the tree of knowledge. They received the sentence of death. Jesus came, taught and died to save mankind from spiritual death. Now God only requires of man to accept Jesus and his teaching with a penitent and contrite heart and attitude, both to God and to his wife. A contrite heart God will not despise.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – these, O God You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 NKJV
A man must work diligently and selflessly as God works, or he (and his family) may not eat
(2 Thessalonians 3:10 NKJV).
Man’s work ethic ought to reflect God’s ethic. He will teach his sons how to work, praising the Lord, and his wife will teach their children to respect him, his work and his devotion:
“Praise the Lord!
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honourable and glorious.
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of His hands are verity and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.”
The Holy Bible New King James Version ©1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc.