Many view work as just a means to an end or view work as a curse.
Another extreme will be those who view it as a way to exalt themselves. It becomes an idol and therefore allows it to shape their identity.
Work is neither a curse nor an idol. It is given by God and is not God. We will look at its original intent, its Creator, how did wrong world views come about, and its redemption. Scriptures will show us that…
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1
It’s interesting to take note that the very first thing God did, as recorded here, was that He worked, and that working was expressed in creating. Do you know that your work is your daily canvas. You are given the creative gift by God to make something out of nothing. Work shouldn’t just be clock work. You are an artist gifted by God to create just as He did.
God enjoyed work
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. – Genesis 1:31
Now that you view your work as art, not just as obligation you get to enjoy the fruit of your labor. Not just the monetary fruit, but the fruit of higher purpose. True fulfillment comes when we do our best not for our fame, but for God’s name to be glorified. (We’ll discuss more on this on part two)
God commisoned man to work
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. – Genesis 2:15
God did not just do it and enjoyed it, He gives us the privilege to share in it. Work is not a curse. It resembles the nature of our God. But it is not just and invitation, it’s a commission. The master tells us to work it and keep it. That means to work hard and to keep watch over it. Not just to mindlessly accomplish tasks, but to manage, to oversee, to do all you can excellently because you do this for Him.
In part 2 of this blog we will talk about the Problem of work, it’s redemption and it’s purpose.
1. What do you love about your job? Why do you find that part enjoyable?
2. Where have you experienced frustration in your work?
3. What motivates you the most about your job.