Genesis 2: 7-15 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food…And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Ever before God created man, He planted a garden and furnished it. He did not give Adam a piece of land with instructions to make a garden. God gave Adam a completely furnished garden to dress and keep. In this simple act, He was revealing His views on work. He was explaining what His intentions are with regards to work. A few years later, the Father taught the same lesson in His relationship with the Israelites. The children of Israel had been slaves for many years before their deliverance from Egypt. The generation that got out of Egypt had never known how to live as free-men. They grew up in slavery and had the mental conditioning of slaves. All of their lives, they had depended on their jobs for sustenance. Their daily wages was their motivation for working. However, in the wilderness, a job was not going to supply their needs. Even if they had money, there was no food to buy with it. For forty years, they had to depend on the Father for food, clothing, shelter and sustenance. Our Father was teaching in a wilderness, the same lesson He had taught in a garden. Work is not about trying to survive. In the garden, Adam already had all his needs provided. He was not working so he can meet his needs. Even so, the Israelites did not have to work to meet their needs.
Our Father is saying, "I can take care of your needs independent of the works of your hands. I instituted work for a higher purpose."
The concept of working to survive (or because of the cheque) is a product of a curse. It started when God said to Adam, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3: 19) Praise God!! We are not of Adam's lineage. We are not subject to that curse (or any curse). Nevertheless, if we see work as meeting our needs, we are willingly subjecting ourselves to Adam's curse and its effects. There is a better reason the Father instituted work. There is a blessed and glorious purpose for work. Refuse to work with the mentality of those under Adam's curse. Work with the Father's higher purpose in mind.
Matthew 6: 25 -32 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?... Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.