Since God works, man also was designed to work since we were created in the image of God. Even before the fall, and even before the creation of man we can see that part of God’s intent for man was to work. In Gen 2:5 we are told “there was no man to cultivate the ground” implying that the ground, even before the fall required cultivation, and that man was made in part to fulfill this need.

When we consider the world we live in today, many people (most?) set a goal of retiring early, by which many seek to be unshackled from the need to work. Is this a biblical goal?What does it say about our willingness to yield to God’s intention for our lives? What sort of model does this set for those coming after us? Is freedom from work part of God’s definition of paradise?

When we adopt an inferior view of work, many consequences follow. It may be that our character suffers since we seek to avoid work. This in turn leads to God’s name being demeaned by our laziness, poor work ethic or selfishness. Itmay lead to our family being relegated to third or fourth place behind our occupation or vocation, demonstrating hypocrisy. Or perhaps our own income is insufficient because we have been unable to hold down long term jobs? Sometimes, failure in university and tertiary education is caused by a failure to prioritize and manage tasks properly.

These are just some of the reasons why we’ve included a new course in both our Certificate in Christian Studies and Diploma in Biblical Studies programmes. We want all our graduates to be able to manage the demanding schedule of studying, but more importantly, we want our graduates to have a biblical work ethic that will allow them to flourish and be successful in the university, the church and the world, to the glory of God.

This is just one of the many ways theological education makes a difference in the modern, secular world.

The Work and Productivity course starts next week, and we still have some open spaces. If you’d like to come along, sign up today, before its too late! Sign up as a credit student for just $100 using coupon code 2016wp100 before Tuesday February 9. If you can’t make this one, check out our other upcoming courses.