Work is a word with many definitions. Often we define it as the effort we expend to get things done. It’s most gratifying when our work suits our interest, abilities, achieves a purpose, or brings us a reward–either money or recognition. Without work, life can sometimes be miserable. God created us with abilities and we are most fulfilled when we use our talents to serve others. The Apostle Paul wrote this about work in 2 Thessalonians CH 3, “[Dear] brothers and sisters, we give you this command: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. We hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.” Since work has such valuable benefits, we should strive to be our best at work, but also see that others are not unjustly deprived of a job by racism and discrimination.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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