Posted by Gabe Brennan

The alarm bells go off and your night of sleep is over. You stumble out of bed and head for the coffee pot to get your morning jolt of caffeine.  A bowl of cereal or oatmeal, goodbye to the family and you’re out the door. You work at least 8 hours and drive an hour more.  Come home. Eat dinner. Watch NOVA and repeat all over again the next morning.

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.

We tend to separate work as either sacred or secular but the Bible doesn’t do that. All work that we do whether it’s leading an evangelistic crusade or digging out a basement is sacred work for the Christian.  We are living sacrifices, the salt of the earth, lights that shine in the world and these are not things we turn off and on. This is who we are and what we do all the time.

So, keep your cupboard stocked with good coffee (if that’s your thing) and always remember who put you in your job. It was not your boss, friend, or spouse. God put  you there.  And God is with you.
Eager to work with all the energy that He provides.
Pastor Gabe

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