Hard work is commonly considered necessary by ordinary people. But it was hard work that unnecessarily affected humanity, after Adam’s curse. Otherwise, God did not create humanity in His own image so they could toil in this physical universe and perish miserably. It is unnecessary to succumb to living under tough conditions, scrounging for survival. Why is it necessary to work hard for survival? Jesus came for the purpose of granting us freedom from physical toil.
But, can a person be happy without the possession of cash in the bank? Can anyone be happy when unsure where his next meal would come from, including that of his children? Can one be happy when looked down upon, or despised by his peers? Can a person be truly happy when unsure of how his wife and children would face life’s struggles, after his demise?
The above questions are known to have, all along, troubled humanity, in general. But these concerns do not necessarily trouble those having attained true freedom in Christ. Happiness does not come from the abundance of wealth, by the way. Neither does happiness come from scarcity, or the inability to feed children. Happiness is a result of spiritual freedom.
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:9-10 NIV).
A person who is in Christ is not anxious about his personal survival, but the survival of others. He is different from those considered rich, whose concerns arise from anxiety, fearing losing everything, through inflation, or some other unforeseen disaster. The concern of a rich man is the likelihood of negative reactions from other people; in the event that he would be reduced to poverty.
Rarely do rich people worry about the concerns of not having food for tomorrow. Their major concern is always about the reaction of ordinary people, in the event that their businesses crumble, reducing them to experiencing poverty. This comes from their inability to treat other people as equals, during their elevated times of ego.
Pride is what makes them feel threatened, when the despised, suddenly become richer than them. Ordinary people often admire rich people. Their status of poverty makes them feel dehumanized. But they do so without being aware of this information; which makes the rich, miserable, even though living in apparent abundance.
Meanwhile, the poor would be working hard, striving to achieve the status of wealth, as portrayed among the admired, considered wealthy people. The poor people assume that hard work is necessary; in order to acquire riches. The only reason for most people to work hard is to attain a luxurious living.