A giant portion of our life is spent working and if you are like me, you might be wondering, why?
It is a good question. Most of us see work as a necessary duty rather than a God-given delight. It’s not normal to put God and work in the same sentence. But in Genesis 2, we are given a different picture of work. Before man sinned and brought about the fall, man was given a job. God hand crafted Adam and then put him in the garden of Eden for the purpose of working it and keeping it. Adam was to enjoy the land but to also cultivate the land, to enjoy it’s beauty but to also make it more beautiful.
So we can’t go more than 2 chapters into the Bible without getting the answer. Work is not a necessary evil but a divine good, imagined and given to man by God.
This theme of work continues throughout the Bible. In Exodus 34, God actually commands it, “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest.” Since God worked for 6 days in creation and then rested, we also are to work for 6 days and then rest. This is a part of being made in His image.
Paul tells the church in Corinth, “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…” In Colossians 3, slaves are told to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” and in Philippians 2, we are told to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling..” Work is not given a low level of importance when you become a Christian. it is instead infused with meaning and new energy.