“but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, SO THAT he will have something to share with one who has need.” -Ephesians 4:28
Why do we work hard? Why should we work hard and save our money?
We work hard and we are not lazy or stealing SO THAT we have money and resources to help those in need. We also work hard to steward and save our money for these same purposes. It is very oppositional to our American Dream and normal American perspective of money and gain.
Here in scripture we are told that we work hard FOR the opportunity to share what we get. This, for me, requires a check to my motivation and my worry.
Am I motivated to work hard that I may earn enough to be able to share and serve others OR do I work hard that I may earn enough to be able to say I’ve earned enough?
What worries me most when it comes to my work and my gain? Why am I worried in the times when funds are low? Am I worried because it means I will be unable to then give to those in need and share what I have. OR Am I really worried because once more it is going to mean I cannot financially sustain the lifestyle and pleasures I have built for myself?
If I worried more about the former than the latter, somehow I think funds would be low on a much rarer occasion.