15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Sometimes it may feel like it, but it turns out that work is not a bad thing!
We see here that God’s original plan for man was to put him in the Garden to “work it and take care of it”. And since this instruction was given before the fall of man, we can see that God thinks it’s a good idea. I think that we can also safely assume that at the end of the age, when God restores the world and removes all sin, sickness and sadness, work is not one of the things that He will do away with, since it was part of his original plan. It will be interesting to see what kind of work we get to do in eternity!
So what does this mean for us right now? When I realise that work is part of God’s design for us all, it impacts the way I think about work. It challenges my view of work as a gift from God rather than a burden.
I want to face each day with a sense of purpose and calling to do the work that God has for me to do today. May the Lord help me to work willingly, joyfully and whole-heartedly.
Written by Shelley Witt