“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” (Genesis 2:2)
I have a friend who has been out of work for years. It was not his choice… he was severely injured on a previous job and has been in physical pain for the longest time.
But recently, he has been feeling better… stronger… with less pain – and he wanted nothing more than to find a job and go back to work. He felt like he needed a job – to support his family (which has, understandably, struggled ever since his mishap).
It is a strange thing that happens to a (conscientious) man when he cannot work. He tends to feel like less of a man… like a deficient husband… an inadequate provider… a substandard father. It’s as if something is hardwired within us men – that much of our significance seems to come from our ability to work and take care of our families. It appears that… work is something we were made to do.
This is really interesting to me… Because, somewhere along the way, so many of us have adopted the idea that work is a curse… something that exists only as a type of poison to our lives. OR as a thief… something that only robs life from us rather than gives it.
As in all things, it is so important to gain God’s perspective on every matter (because our perspectives tend to get warped and twisted along the way). From our verse for today, we learn that God has shown us that He is a worker. He does things. He accomplishes tasks. He formulates ideas and makes them come to life.
If work is something God does, then it is good. It has a beneficial purpose. He did not consider creating all things to be… a cursed activity. And what is more, after He created Adam… the first thing he did was give him a job! “The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and… took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (from Gen. 2:7, 15) Even before God gave Adam a wife (and before establishing the family unit)… God supplied the man with a job!
This speaks volumes. Since God is a worker, He expects us to be workers, as well. We ARE made in His image – and what we see of Him (in Scripture) is that He is highly interested in accomplishment and excellence. And since we are made in His image, then part of our task in representing God, here on this earth, is to represent His view of work.
That is why Christians are commanded: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
Shoddy work (or workmanship) does not reflect God’s work ethic. Poor work attitudes do not honor The One Who created work in the first place. Laziness in the workplace reflects poorly on The One Whose Name we wear.
Good work and good workers declare the unheard testimony of The One Who designed us to work – and to be productive. When we honor Him with our work, He will honor us with His amplified blessings. He just loves to work on our behalf!