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(The Source of Productivity Not From Leisure Time)
Psalm 40:1-8, 28-31
There is a very important distinction between work and leisure:
Leisure – an act of autonomy from law - escape from work - escape from reality. “Where men have no calling, leisure has a growing appeal.”
Vacation and vacate are related words. They involve running away from responsibility.
Rest is very different from leisure. “Our labor is never in vain in the Lord”. Even in our rest, God is at work.
We have confidence that He is working all things together for good.
Godly rest is an act of trust/faith. Worry doesn’t help. When we trust in God, we are confident he holds the future, not us. Humanistic not resting is denying God, not trusting in Him, and trying to trust to our own efforts to pull ourselves through.
Leisure is not a source of productivity. Work is the source of productivity.
“I could do this if only I had the leisure time!”
Work + Godly rest = productivity
The best inventions are made in the context of work.
“Men who are productive are productive no matter what the circumstances.”
Composer said: “I compose music like a pear tree produces pears” Or like a hen lays eggs-It doesn’t meditate on whether it will lay eggs, it lays them!
Modern artists are subsidized, and that’s why it is so unconnected to reality. Basically good art is produced in the context of real life work.
“If I just had six months off, I’d do some pretty remarkable things.” No. Deadlines get things done.
The arts and media have become sterile because of being subsidized.
No one said they were bored back when Mr. Rushdoony was young.
If, in the midst of their work they rest on the Lord when they are ready to collapse, He will make us to soar like eagles. Power in the context of the battle.
God calls us to work and rest in Him. David could rest even under pursuit by Saul.
There’s no rest if there’s no trust in God.
If you want to get something done, assign it to a busy man. It’s the busy man who gets things done.
We can only be productive if we do it God’s way.
We can be involved in activities that spell escapism to one man, but for us can be rest in the Lord. It depends on the heart.
Those who meet responsibilities, more will be given to them.
Quietism perverted the Christian perspective of waiting on the Lord. The true biblical perspective is waiting on the Lord while doing your duty in the Lord. Not a quietist but an activist perspective. The waiting is spiritual, not a retreat from activity.
Since there is no work education, when a young man turns 18 or 21 he is confronted with the need to work and doesn’t know how. He just takes the easiest way out and makes just enough money. This leads to a low-caliber performance. “The further we get away from a Christian work ethic the lower the productivity of the average person.”