sermonette: Why Be Industrious?
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 17-Oct-16; Sermon #FT16-02s; 25 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, asserting that God is a Creator who enjoys work and places a high value on it, urges us, those created in God's image, to embrace the work ethic and to diligently inculcate it into our children. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. God the Father and Jesus Christ have been working continually (having never gone on a vacation) and desire that the energetic, conscientious, focused pursuit of working and creating become a part of our character and the character of our offspring. Training a child to be industrious helps him to be successful, which in turn promotes a stable family, community, and nation and will transfer eternally into God's Kingdom, netting vast rewards as taught by the Parable of the Talents. Neglecting to train our children to be diligent promotes chaos, disorder, and chronic instability. Our industriousness, and that of our children, should be directed outwardly for the good of others and not turned in selfishly on ourselves.
Adam and Eve Avoiding confusion and disorder Cleaning up the work area Deleterious effects of unemployment Diligence Disorderly messiness Ecclesiastes 9:10 Ephesians 5:29 Genesis 1:16 Genesis 2:15 God is a Creator If a man does not work, he is nothing John 5:17 Luke 19 :20-23 Proverbs 22:6 Rule over five cities Parable of the Talents Rightly directed ordered mind Work has special dignity