LGD 085: The Origin of Work

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Work’s origin story begins at the very beginning of time – the Garden of Eden. When the Lord created the heaven’s and the earth, He also created man to tend to His creation.

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Work is part of the fabric of our very existence. The Lord created Adam to care for His creation.

It says in Genesis,

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Genesis 2:15

The original design for work was to tend to a perfect creation in the Garden of Eden. That plan got messed up when Adam and Eve sinned.

Adam’s curse was that he would toil over the land, and it would be hard. At the point of their sin, God put His redemptive plan into motion – His Son Jesus Christ.

In today’s culture, work can serve as a mechanism to climb higher, build great wealth, and step on as many people as possible to get to your ultimate position.

Work, however, should be rewarding. The work of missionaries to spread the gospel of Christ is rewarding. The corporate workplace can also be rewarding.

I was speaking with a colleague this past weekend about the opportunities we have to shape an entire generation and be a part of crafting workplaces that matter.

Regardless of the industry, you serve within, you have the power to make a difference in your workplace.

God created work as a means to care for His creation. It was never meant to be the only thing we do with the time we have on earth.

Today, remember that work is rewarding and you can change the trajectory of one person by your attitude toward work.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of work. You have instilled in us a desire to work, and to make a difference. Help me to view my work as rewarding and to care for those around me today. Thanks for your love and grace. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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