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TO EACH SOME WORK IS GIVEN.pdf

TO EACH SOME WORK IS GIVEN.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



SOME people do not like to
work. Perhaps it is true
that the disinclination is
natural and universal, and
that we all have to learn
to like to work. There is
an impression prevalent that work was part
of the curse of the fall, that if our first par-
ents had kept their holy estate in Eden, work
would not have been necessary. But this im-
pression is incorrect. When man was created
he was put into the Garden of Eden to dress
it and keep it. Work, therefore, was part
of the blessing of Eden and is part of the
blessing of all life. It is a means of grace.
No one can be a good Christian and not do
anything, unless he is incapacitated in some
way. Idleness is sin and there is always a
curse on it.

BY J. R. MILLER



SOME people do not like to
work. Perhaps it is true
that the disinclination is
natural and universal, and
that we all have to learn
to like to work. There is
an impression prevalent that work was part
of the curse of the fall, that if our first par-
ents had kept their holy estate in Eden, work
would not have been necessary. But this im-
pression is incorrect. When man was created
he was put into the Garden of Eden to dress
it and keep it. Work, therefore, was part
of the blessing of Eden and is part of the
blessing of all life. It is a means of grace.
No one can be a good Christian and not do
anything, unless he is incapacitated in some
way. Idleness is sin and there is always a
curse on it.

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TO EACH SOME WORK IS GIVENBY J. R. MILLER SOME people do not like towork. Perhaps it is truethat the disinclination isnatural and universal, andthat we all have to learnto like to work. There isan impression prevalent that work was partof the curse of the fall, that if our first par-ents had kept their holy estate in Eden, work would not have been necessary. But this im-pression is incorrect. When man was createdhe was put into the Garden of Eden to dressit and keep it. Work, therefore, was partof the blessing of Eden and is part of theblessing of all life. It is a means of grace.No one can be a good Christian and not doanything, unless he is incapacitated in someway. Idleness is sin and there is always acurse on it.Work is part of the plan of God for ourlives. The affairs of the world go on wellonly when everyone is doing his part. Toeach one his particular work is assigned.Whether our part is great or small, conspicu-ous or obscure, if it is the divine allotmentfor us, it is noble and worthy. The Korantells of Gabriel being sent to earth to do twothings. One was to keep King Solomon inhis exultation over his royal steeds from for-getting the hour of prayer ; the other was tohelp a little yellow ant on the slope of Ara-rat, which had grown weary in getting home
 
the food it was bearing. To Gabriel the onecommand seemed as important as the other,and the one task as worthy, since God hadordained both." Silently he leftThe Presence and prevented the king's sinAnd holp the little ant at entering in."If our work is divinely allotted nothing isunfit for kingliest hands. That which Godassigns is most worthy. If blacking shoesis a man's duty, is the task allotted to him[134]Co Cacl^ flDne 1$i& Woxbfor the time, there is no other work in all theworld that would be so noble and worthy forhim that particular day or hour.To each one his work is given. None areomitted or overlooked in the assignment — noone is left without some task. Duties arenot given to some while others are sent outwith nothing to do. We are all put into thisworld to work until our days for service hereare closed."What are we set on earth for? Say, to toil;Nor seek to leave thy tending of the vines,For all the heat o' the day, till it declines,And death's mild curfew shall from work assoil."To each his own particular work is given.Not all have the same task, nor is the distri-bution of duties a haphazard one. Peoplediffer in abilities, and the tasks are suited tothe hands. If, then, we do not do our own
 
allotted work it will not be done, and therewill be a blank in God's universe where thereought to have been a piece of work well done.It matters not how small our part is, the[135]fintJing tl^e Wavdoing of it perfectly is essential to the com-pleteness of the divine plan, and the failureto do it well will leave a flaw.''One small life in God's great plan !How futile it seems as the ages roll^Do what it may or strive how it can,To alter the sweep of the infinite whole !A single stitch in an endless web,A drop in the ocean's flow and ebb !But the pattern is rent where the stitch is lost.Or marred where the tangled threads have crossed ;And each life that fails of its true intentMars the perfect plan that the Master meant."What is true of work in general is true of Christian work as well. In a sense all work is religious. Everything is to be done in thename of Christ and for him, and all duty ispart of God's will for us. Every piece of work has a moral value. Either we do itright and please God, or we do it indifi^er-ently and imperfectly^, and so sin againstGod. The commonest tasks are as sacred intheir way as are our prayers and songs of praise. Jesus himself was engaged in his

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