RELIGION AND OCCUPATION
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When we unite with God with a common goal, we can do great things. The joint effort we make to fulfill His commandments creates a spiritual relationship worthy of the Presence and the Abode of God in our lives.
Life requires that each person contribute to work from their own set of skills. Each person has something to offer from their own unique vocational skills.
Life centered on God is not just a life of religious rituals and study of the Scriptures. God encourages all of us to develop our own unique vocational skills so that we can be self-sufficient and contribute to the common good of the community. Paul instructs each believer to lead a quiet life, attending to their vocation, working with their hands so that they can earn the respect of those outside the community and not depend on anyone. He teaches us to find a productive work field so that we have the right resources to share with others who may be in need. These guidelines teach us that making a living is part of living centered on God.
Bible study is excellent when combined with a worldly occupation because the effort required by both keeps the sin out of a person's mind. But where there is no worldly occupation, the study of the Bible is nothing and leads to sin. May all who work in the community work for the good of the Name of Heaven.
According to this point of view, a person must always combine his search for spirituality with the search for an income. Concentrating solely on religious matters is out of balance and will eventually lead to ruin. Instead, a person should consider their work as a religious duty performed for the good of the kingdom of heaven. Pablo illustrated this principle in his own life by supporting himself with his work in the manufacture of tents.
The Tabernacle building illustrates well the concept of "making tents". The combined efforts of God's people as they worked in all their respective fields resulted in the building of the house of God, as instructed by the Torah.