Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Thursday, August 1, 2019

Theme: DIGNITY OF LABOUR

Text: “I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” – Romans 14:14

Comment: The dignity of labour which also means dignity of work means that all kinds of productive work should be treated equally with no differences attached.  No job should be considered superior to another.  The fact is that it is the wrong attitude of some men to work ethics that has created problems that are responsible for lack of job for many people today.  Some look down on some profitable occupations and subtly ridicule those who do them.  Like as the text for today, “…to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”  The result is that many employable and able-bodied educated youths become idle and susceptible to the devil’s antics. – James 4:6; Genesis 22:7,8.

 

The dignity of labour implies that all occupation, including physical work, merit regard and modest pride.  No activity ought to be viewed as predominant or substandard, rather, any activity that is genuine should be appreciated and given merits.    “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” (Proverbs 14:23) One should not disrespect the work that people do and they should not mistreat anyone on the basis of the work that they do.  Manual work is as noble as the most elevated scholarly jobs.  One way of encouraging young educated people to take up or go into manual jobs or create their own simple but profitable occupation is by treating all worthwhile jobs or career with respect and dignity.

Theme: DIGNITY OF LABOUR

Text: “I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” – Romans 14:14

Comment: The dignity of labour which also means dignity of work means that all kinds of productive work should be treated equally with no differences attached.  No job should be considered superior to another.  The fact is that it is the wrong attitude of some men to work ethics that has created problems that are responsible for lack of job for many people today.  Some look down on some profitable occupations and subtly ridicule those who do them.  Like as the text for today, “…to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”  The result is that many employable and able-bodied educated youths become idle and susceptible to the devil’s antics. – James 4:6; Genesis 22:7,8.

 

The dignity of labour implies that all occupation, including physical work, merit regard and modest pride.  No activity ought to be viewed as predominant or substandard, rather, any activity that is genuine should be appreciated and given merits.    “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” (Proverbs 14:23) One should not disrespect the work that people do and they should not mistreat anyone on the basis of the work that they do.  Manual work is as noble as the most elevated scholarly jobs.  One way of encouraging young educated people to take up or go into manual jobs or create their own simple but profitable occupation is by treating all worthwhile jobs or career with respect and dignity.