Friday, July 29, 2016

Working Woes

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We all say it at some point: "Ugh, I have to go to work again." It seems nearly expected in our society that when we go into the working world, we will probably hate what we do and only do it for the money. I've even heard it said that if we lived in a perfect world, we wouldn't have to work at all (to be honest, I've been guilty of thinking so in the past as well). But here is something to consider: mankind had work to do before sin entered into the world. 

Genesis 2:15 says, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it." and later in verse 19, "Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name." 

These events and intentions for mankind came prior to the temptation and fall of Adam. What does this mean? It means that work itself is not a result of sin. It is the difficulty of work that is the result of sin, as shown in Genesis 3:17a-19: 

"cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”

How then ought we to react to work? Know that work was instituted by God, and it is our duty as we live before Him to carry out the work we have, however difficult, with an attitude of worship towards our Creator.

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