Work is not Evil

Do you know what Adam was doing in the garden before sin entered? Working and listening to the word of God.

Genesis 3:15-16 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.16 And the Lord God commanded the man…

I think we have this picture that Adam and Eve were just hanging around the garden smelling the roses and naming animals. But they were in the garden of Eden to WORK the garden, and to listen to God – not to just lounge around feeling loved by God.

We like to complain about our work as if it were a necessary evil, and think of our time with God as a completely separate thing from our work. But it doesn’t have to be so. In fact, it should not be two separate things. I’m not saying we should all quit our careers and go become a pastor! But I am saying that the work we do, and how we do it, needs to be a reflection of who God made us to be. (We shouldn’t be working jobs that are at odds with our Christian beliefs, and we shouldn’t stay at jobs where we perform poorly. Both these things would make us a poor example to the world of what Christians are like, and make us very ineffective and unhappy.)

I’ll admit, work being from God is a hard concept for me. My career in IT was never something I planned. (I planned to teach; I got my a degree in English Literature.) But I fell into computers at a time when it was a growth industry, and found I had a knack for it. That was God providing for my family then, and it still is now. But most days, it just feels like…work. It can be frustrating, and the people can be annoying, and the tasks can be never ending. Ugh!

But we need to look at work as something that God has given to us. It is meant to provide for us, and to give us an opportunity to respond to our salvation by giving back to God. Our work is actually a big part of our relationship with God. The Bible says this:

Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

We need to follow God’s leading as to what work He would have us do, and then we need to do it as if He is the owner of our company. No matter what tasks you put your hands to,  you are actually working for God, and when you do that well and use your income to respond to God’s goodness, you shine God’s light here on earth. So no matter what logo is on your company’s website, the next time you see that logo or hear your company’s name, I want you to replace it in your mind with “God”. That’s who you really work for.

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