In the post, “Is Self-sufficiency Your Strength?” it was suggested that some people effectively turn their own strength into their god. A related consideration is work.
Do you worship your work? Of course you would say “no.” But consider that what you make sacrifices for is that which is important to you. Do you make sacrifices for work? Do you sacrifice family time to complete work projects? Do you sacrifice personal health and well-being to climb the corporate ladder? Do you sacrifice relationships or needed rest to earn a promotion or get a raise? If so, then perhaps you worship your work; perhaps you have elevated your vocation to the status of god.
Consider what Habakkuk had to say on the subject:
“Therefore he sacrifices to his net
and burns incense to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury
and enjoys the choicest food.”
Worshiping work sounds quite ridiculous when viewed this way, but is it any different from the types of sacrifices people make for their jobs today?
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