In 1983, Donna Summer released the song “She Works Hard for the Money.” While this song appeared on Summer’s eleventh album, its become one of her most popular singles through the years. Co-written by Michael Omartian, the context of the chorus refers to Onetta Johnson, a rest room attendant at Los Angeles’ Chasen’s Restaurant. After meeting this exhausted woman during a brief conversation, the idea for this song was conceived.
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death, Proverbs 10:16.
The Bible refers to two different types of payments in life, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament. The context of king Solomon’s version is based upon the sowing and reaping principle mentioned in Galatians 6:8. However, this also can be understood as you receive wages based upon the attention to detail, effort and your overall focus. Subsequently, anyone who chooses righteous over temporary pleasures and treasures will have their life extended. Meanwhile, those who break the law, cut corners or swindle others out of their money will earn sin and death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, Romans 6:23.
Nonetheless, the apostle Paul brings good news for those who need a second or third chance in life. Examining the symbolism of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection, Paul uses the concept of payments to prove his point. The wages for sin, which encompasses all of mankind is eternal separation from God. However, there is hope for the world, a new lease on life for anyone looking to change their life around. This good news comes in the form of God’s free gift, grace through faith that leads to eternal life. 2 payments, 1 life; the choice is yours as eternity awaits.
by Jay Mankus