Question:

Hello,

There is this person who thinks that studying a lot to get good jobs is unnecessary. He feels that people go after good jobs in order to make money and hold a good position in society. I agree partially with this, but of course, there is a sense of commitment too.

The argument put forward is: "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25). He says we can just do odd jobs to sustain ourselves as long as we have enough to eat, wear, etc. Therefore, he says that there's no need to study a lot and even small jobs are sufficient and that he could preach the gospel as well.

I understand his points, but I feel he's somehow not entirely correct about this. I don't know how to argue with this scripturally, so do you agree with this? Do support your arguments scripturally.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:

A lack of concern about the future does not mean living a minimalist life. Jesus' point is that when we have the basic necessities of life, we have no reason to be concerned about the future.

Solomon pointed out: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going" (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Finding a career field that you enjoy is a gift from God. Some careers require a great deal of education and effort. There is nothing wrong with learning or working so long as you are able to fulfill your other obligations.

Sure, this person is happy working odd jobs for little pay. That is his choice but everyone is cut out for that type of career. To say that someone is in a high paying occupation solely for the money is judging another person's motives without knowledge. Do recall that Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, and Hezekiah were all wealthy men. Daniel received the highest education in the Babylonian Empire. None were in the wrong for being wealthy or educated.

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