thoughts on a theology of labor
Jesus has a very specific meaning here to call the people to believe in him, but there is still a plain meaning to what he says: do not labor for food that perishes. many people in life are worried about what they will eat or drink or wear (Matt 6). many people work to put food on the table. they work to survive. this is not wrong per se, Paul himself affirms that if a man will not work, he will not eat (1 Thess 3). however, labor is necessary, but not sufficient for life. Life requires faith, believing in Jesus who gives eternal life and provides for all of one's needs. that is what it means to do the work of God, to labor for the food that does not perish, for a Jesus said, "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God". the work of God is to believe the Word of God, to believe in the Son of God. this is the labor we must engage in and is the basis for all other labor. faith is not lazy, it is hard work, requires diligence and empowers action: good works done in love. so get the order right, believe in Jesus for eternal life instead of laboring for daily food that in the end will perish. then your daily labor will result in eternal value/valor/life.
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