Does God want us to work?

by Marcel Versfeld

People may respond in one of three ways when they answer this question:

    1. It’s Monday; I can’t wait for Friday.
    2. I love work; I can watch other people work for hours on end.
    3. Work is worship. It energizes me. I can’t wait to get busy.


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These 3 answers summarizes the different views that people have about work. Let’s give these guys names and call the first one Routine Randy, number two Lazy Lary and number three Legacy Lawrence.

Routine Randy

The vast majority of employees fall into this category. Randy works to eat. He is caught up in the never-ending routine of sleep, eat, work and then sleep, eat work and… He loves TGIF – thank God it’s Friday.  The reality hits him on Sunday afternoon when he realises that he will have a rude awakening on Monday morning: “Ahhh, it’s Monday (again).”

Lazy Lary

Let’s rather not say to much about Lary. It may exhaust him to read the blog posting.

Legacy Lawrence

Lawrence made an awesome discovery recently. He used to be caught in the routine that Randy can not get rid of. He read Genesis  1:28 “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground”. He then made the following discovery:

    1. Work is a blessing – it’s much more than just having a job or being an employee. Work is a blessing because “GOD BLESSED THEM”.
    2. Work is engraved in our DNA – To put it in computer terms, we can say that work is part of our default setting.
    3. “Subdue” + “Rule” – Lawrence understands that by working he is creating a legacy for later generations. Work energizes him, because it is worship.


Does God want us to work? This is a retorical question with an obvious answer. God set the standard by working for 6 days and resting on the 7th day. Follow His example and enjoy every workday in service of the King.

Marcel Versfeld is the National coordinator of Unashamedly Ethical and a strategic partner of Call42. Unashamedly Ethical is a campaign promoting ethics, values and clean living. The campaign facilitates the forming of local Unashamedly Ethical communities all over the world. Our founder and chairman is South African businessman Graham Power. For more information visit

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  1. 1 Comment

    • Peter Muller says:

      Very good, to add to Legacy Lawrence, we must work as unto the Lord, to bring Him glory

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