The Gift of Work
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Have you ever noticed that the first thing we see God doing in the Bible is work? That’s right, the God of heaven begins His revealing of Himself to us by telling us that He works. Bursting onto the pages of scripture is a God creating and forming and making things. Beauty, light, and life itself comes forth from His magnificent activity. At the end of that first week God declared it good…..yep, He’s talking about the result of His WORK.
Speaking of these early days, God also gave the first man Adam a job before He gave him a wife! God creates Adam, breathes life into his nostrils, and puts him to work. Remember, this job of Adam’s precedes the fall in the garden. The world was a perfect and sinless place and it included work. I say all of this to remind you of an important truth; work is good.
Unfortunately, we live in a culture where we often bemoan work and see it simply as a necessary evil. We dream of the day when we can retire and relax in our proverbial hammocks until our happy hearts stop beating. We secretly hope we can win a lottery and finally walk away from the toil and slog of our jobs. The problem with this mindset is that it is not one that reflects the mark of our Creator.
God made us to work. Work is an amazing gift from a loving Father to His creation. It’s time we started looking at our jobs and responsibilities as opportunities to reflect God’s image rather than a simple means to an end. If you see your work as only a way to pay the bills and nothing more then you will be miserable for a considerable portion of your life. Thankfully, the Bible gives us a different view.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that part of the redeeming work of Jesus in our lives is the redemption of our work. In Him, we are saved from having to work for our salvation but we are not saved from work! In fact, we are saved to work! The joy of unconditional love in the Father leads us to see all of life differently including our activity, effort, and responsibility. We can now stop looking at parts of life as mundane and other parts as sacred. Now, in Jesus, it is all sacred. This brings purpose and joy to everyone from the farmer to the lawyer. The stay at home mom realizes that every diaper matters while the doctor begins to view each patient through the lens of eternity. Everything a Christian does is sacred because he or she is a child of God. I hope this helps you today. In the words of Steven Curtis Chapman, “do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you”.
Now, get back to work!