I’ve covered strength and courage, now I will cover the masculine virtue of mastery in a Christian context.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

A man must work or despair. He who does not work, does not have a mission, will find himself empty and hollow. He will be consumed by desire without meaning. Anything he is given without earning will taste as ashes to him. A lack of struggle will destroy his soul.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Man was created by God to work. He is meant to work and in this work, by devoting himself to it, he finds meaning.

A man finds meaning in his work, but is always presented with the futility of his actions. Ashes will return to ashes, moth and rust will destroy, and the grave takes us all in the end. Yet, however futile his work, man must persevere or despair will overtake him.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.

The man of God knows his earthly works are futile, yet he works for a higher purpose, one beyond this world. Though his steel rust, his gold be stolen, and his tower lay in ruins, he knows the kingdom his work on earth is building will remain eternal. The treasures of heaven he stores up through his diligence to the Lord will be his and His Lord’s forever.

The man of God works not for himself, but for the One who made him.

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1 Corinthian 9:25-27, KJV)

Yet, working alone even for Christ is not enough.

Will a man dare to rob God?

Dare he present God with an inferior gift?

Dare he present an unacceptable sacrifice unto the Lord?

Dare he present a blemished, deformed, and stunted free will offering?

If He dare, his sacrifice will be rejected. His works will be revealed and he will suffer loss.

No, a man’s work must be without blemish, it must be superior. A man must become a master of his craft so his works will pass the test of fire, lest all he has built turn to ashes before the Almighty.

Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will stand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29, ESV)

A man of God must become skillful, so he can stand not just before kings, but before the King of Kings.

The Lord deserves only the best; the man of God must put his whole being into his works for the Lord’s kingdom.

The godly man’s work must be worthy of honouring God, else God may not honour him.

Yet, no man’s work can be worthy. His greatest works are but filthy rags.

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you. (Exodus 31:1-6, ESV)

A man’s work may be unworthy, but should he devote himself to mastering his craft, the Lord will honour him. He will fill the godly man with the Spirit of God, to give him ability, the mastery, to build a holy eternal temple that will pass through the flames unscathed. The Lord will give him te ability to craft a worthy work.

With this God-ordained mastery a godly man will fulfill his purpose, he will be fruitful in his labour, multiply his works, and have dominion over the earth.

Man must master himself in spirit and in body so he can master his work, and through his work the earth.

The man who does not master himself will not master the earth and will present an inferior sacrifice to the Lord that will turn to ashes in the final test of fire.

Ashes to ashes or glory to glory.

The choice is yours to make.

Make the right choice be a master of your craft.

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:7-15, ESV)


  1. Don’t forget there is also There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
    There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
    “For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
    This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

    And also innumerable studies on the effects of overwork, includng that overwork actually reduces the quality of work long term.

    So sure, work diligently, but don’t kill yourself. The protestant work ethic brought nothing but corporatism and consumerism. We don’t need to work *that* much to provide for what we need.

    What good is it to gain the world (through work and increased GDP) and lose your soul in the process?

    I would rather spend time on faith, family, and good hobbies like the GREAT BOOKS FOR MEN then work as a slave bitch to a corporation and make a bunch of godless fools wealthy on my sacrifice.

    See this article for example, or this one or this one.

    Truth does not contradict truth – I think that while you are on to something, your ‘super work ethic’ mutation of the protestant work ethic is not mandated by the Scriptures you cited, and will lead to much sorrow in the end.

  2. It’s one thing to have passion for good work, but I am concerned that the attitude above would lead you to anxiety-ridden hyper perfectionism and monomaniacal focus on work at the expense of all else God made.

    Plus with corporatism, automation, immigration, and feminism, how much meaningful work is even left?

    Recall that you once noted the fate that a hard-working man obtains in this society (i.e. a chump).

    Corporate jobs are hell, and you know also how hard it is to start your own business – what with government regulations out to destroy you and rob your of all you produced, and maybe even jail you in the process.

    It’s hard to run a business when if you make a tiny mistake on reams of government paperwork, you can be jailed for many years and have all of your assets forfeited. Look at sites like for such examples if you don’t believe me.

  3. I’m inclined to agree with lozozlo–the verses you quote don’t make your point.
    When I first started reading I hoped you were headed for Ephesians 4:28.

    “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

    Yes, men were designed to work and we’re to work heartily. We should do our best at some honorable job [the thing which is good]. How much should we work? Until we have enough to take care of ourselves and our family, plus enough to give. (Dare I suggest a 10% minimum?)

    What use is it to spend 70 hours a week mastering an earthly skill, only to neglect reading our Bible, praying, and speaking God’s Word?

    1 Corinthians 9:25, which you quote above, speaks of striving for an incorruptible crown. That’s a Christian’s true work.

  4. @ Free Northerner
    I think that the other posters have missed your point.

    “But there is nothing like the sight of an amputated spirit.” Lt. Col. Frank Slade

    Not working or being able to work does that to a man. No fighting spirit means indifference and apathy. Like a wiser man than me once said. “Men were made to fight, to strive, work, conquer to give ourself for something eternal, subdue, to advance, sacrificial love not to give ourself to trifles.”

  5. @Cicero

    FN didn’t argue just the importance of having work (i did agree with him on that point, btw) he went beyond that and argued for a monomanical view of work ueber alles.

  6. I think you both are interpreting work too narrowly. Your work would include not just you paid employment, but your work for the church, your hobbies, your investment in your family, your work on understanding scriptures, etc. Mastering skills and furthering your mission through work extends far beyond corporate busywork, it extends to your whole life.

  7. @ FN
    Well then what does this mean?

    “Men were made to fight, to strive, work, conquer to give ourself for something eternal, subdue, to advance, sacrificial love not to give ourself to trifles.”

  8. @ lozozlo:

    That was the reason for my post. Work doesn’t by default mean labour for profit. Work is taking on and refinement of issues that improve or remove what hampers.

  9. You are a heretic as your constant display of hate for non-whiten, nont-htereosexual, non-male people violates arguably the most important line from the Gospels: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

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