The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Friday, September 03, 2004
Needs and Work
I also just saw this article on work from ByFaithOnline. According to the article, work is for meeting basic human needs:

It was Martin Luther who most emphatically pointed out that work was instituted by God to make sure mankind’s needs are met. It is by our work in the secular world, Luther said, that the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, the sick healed, the ignorant enlightened, and the weak protected. It is through our work, he believed, that God’s people participated in his ongoing care for the human race.

Again, I have to say that this doesn't go far enough. Work is more than meeting basic needs. It is our calling to transform and develop the earth (Gen 2:15). Work is our calling to be faithful stewards in the broadest and most global sense.