It is a sin to work if the only reason you are working is to make a living!

Why is this so?

1. Total Depravity. Everything a lost person does is against the commandments of God. This is because everything the lost man is, is against the commandments of God. Maybe not against what we think, but it is against what God thinks. Listen to what the Word of God says about the deeds of the lost person, Romans 3:10-18.

a. Verse 10, "...There is none righteous, no, not one:" This is speaking about the total makeup of the lost person, which is completely against everything God is for.

b. Verse 11, "There is none that understandeth..." The lost persons mind is completely against spiritual things, for he can only understand material things.

c. Verse 11, "...there is none that seeketh after God." Man's will is such that they do not seek to please God, or even to seek Him in the vaguest sense. Instead, they run to and fro seeking to fulfill their own pleasure, trying to get away from the very face of God. Most of the time, lost people do not even want the messenger of God to speak to them, for their hearts seek after the darkness of this world instead of the light of Jesus Christ.

d. Verse 12, "They are all gone out of the way..." The Bible doesn't say some have gone out of the way, but all have gone out of the way. They are traveling down the broad way that leads to destruction, not down the narrow way that leads to life everlasting.

e. Verse 13, "Their throat is an open sepulchre;..." The throat is the doorway to the inside of the body, and God says the throat is an open grave. Inside the body, where the heart of man is, there is only death, and the stink produced by the decaying life.

f. Verse 13, "...with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips." Most "Christians" today want to believe that lost people are not quite as bad as God makes them out to be. But this thinking doesn't change God or the condition of the lost sinner. The Bible says that what comes out of the mouth is what is in the heart, therefore what is in the heart of the sinner is deceitfulness and a very strong poison, which will kill others.

g. Verse 14, "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:" Again, some "Christians" want to believe that God will accept the person of the sinner because they are moral people, or because of their "good deeds". But God sees only cursing and bitterness coming from the lips of the lost sinner.

h. Verse 15, "Their feet are swift to shed blood:" Religious Jews were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ (although He died for all our sins). A sheep follows the Shepherd everywhere, while a goat rebels and strikes out against the sheep and the Shepherd.

i. Verse 16, "Destruction and misery are in their ways:" All we have to do is look to understand this verse. Since Adam disobeyed in the Garden of Eden, mankind has been cast into sin and death. There have been literally millions of people killed because of wars and the diseases caused by wars and sin. All around us is the evidence of the way of sinners.

j. Verse 17, "And the way of peace have they not known:" Sinners have sought for that elusive peace. They have tried to bring about national peace, and world peace, but all these have failed, and will continue to fail. Jesus is the only real peace this world has ever known, and the majority of mankind has rejected Him. He gives inner peace, the world is seeking outer peace.

k. Verse 18, "There is no fear of God before their eyes." Until the Holy Spirit of God uses the spoken Word of God on the heart of the lost sinner, he will continue living with no fear of God, or the coming judgment. He has no comprehension of hell, or spending an eternity in hell.

2. Proverbs 21:4, "A high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin." A lost man works only because he has to in order to provide his physical needs and wants. He does not give God any glory, but praises himself instead. The more money he makes, the more he uses that money for himself, and not for God. So the lost man makes money so he can sin some, then he goes out and makes more money so he can go out and sin some more. If you don't believe this, then listen to what the lost man on the job is talking about. He constantly speaks of spending his money in an ungodly manner to satisfy the natural cravings of his lustful nature.

3. I Cor. 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." Paul is writing to a church, which is made up of saved people. God commands only saved people to intentionally give Him glory and praise for supplying their daily needs.