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Work Is Good For You

by Jimmy Ferguson

Haven't you heard the old adage, "Work is good for you"? We have tried to instill this into our children through our words and our examples. Of course, there are those who could not tell you much about work because they have never really become acquainted with it. Others, no doubt, would argue that work is not good for you, and they try to stay far away from it.

Generally speaking, people who have worked diligently all their lives live longer than those who don't exercise their bodies. Work prevents one from becoming lazy (in mind and body). It gives one an incentive to live from day to day. Statistics indicate that the mortality rate greatly increases immediately following retirement. This certainly does not mean that one should never retire. But it does indicate that one should have regular activities in which to engage even after retirement.

But consider also that if you are a Christian, work in the church is good for you (spiritually). Perhaps you are familiar with the term "benchwarmer". This usually refers to those who attend worship services, but that is all they do. Such an individual is usually content with doing nothing. If there is work to be done (visitation, Bible studies, evangelism, etc.) someone else will have to do it. He may try to fall back on excuses such as, "I work long hours"; "I'm tired at the end of the day"; "I'm not very good at that"; or he may simply say , "I know I need to be more involved", but that is about as far as he gets.

If the term "benchwarmer" describes someone reading this article, may I ask you something? How can you possibly be satisfied with yourself? Do you not feel that there is something missing in your life? If you talk to a diligent worker in the church, he/she will probably tell you how wonderful it is to know that you have brightened someone's day by visiting with them in the hospital; or how exhilarating it is to know that perhaps you have helped to lead a wayward brother or sister back to faithfulness or have helped to lead someone to the way of salvation.

Work not only benefits the church but it is good for the individual. We are instructed to "... be ready to every good work" (Titus 3:1). We are to be "... always abounding in the work of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58). We have been "... created in Jesus Christ unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Work not only causes the church to grow (spiritually and in number), but it strengthens the one working. It will cause you to grow spiritually. As you work in His vineyard, you will find that you are drawing closer to the Lord and to your brethren. And, as if this is not enough, consider the fact that in the Judgment you will be judged by your works: "And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works" (Revelation 20:12). The "one talent man" in Matthew 25 was condemned as being a "... wicked and slothful [lazy] servant" (Matthew 25:26).

If you are a "benchwarmer", or if you find that you have become lax in your work in the church, dear brother/sister, you need to make a change for the sake of your soul! And I believe that I can guarantee that your life will change for the better, for eternity.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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