Years ago a “hobo” came to the back porch as my mother sat there “shelling peas.”
“Pardon me, Ma’am, but could you spare a meal to a starving traveler?”
Graciously, but firmly, my mother responded and said she would be happy to provide a meal but he would have to do some yard work first. Politely, he declined. He was “too weak” to work before he had something to eat. He then walked away quietly and went next door.
God intended for man to work. As soon as He created man He planted a garden in Eden and gave him a job to do: he was told to cultivate the garden. The Psalmist reminded us of the importance of work when he wrote, “Man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.”
Perhaps it is good to remember that in the days of His flesh our Lord Jesus worked. He must have gone to His daily tasks with enthusiasm – not because it was easy or financially rewarding. But because He was using the skills His Father gave Him to do His will and honor Him through the work of His hands. On one occasion, early in His life He said, “I always do the things that please Him.” He did what was necessary yet never sinned.
How comforting it is to know that the Carpenter of Nazareth faced every situation that we face today. This fact assures us that He understands us completely. He faced the same trials and temptations that we face so He understands us. Yet He never gave in to any temptation or committed any sin so He could become our Savior.
By Michael A. Guido, D.D