“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
God worked at creating, and set man to work within His creation. All of us are called to work in one way or another, whether outside of the home or within the home. Paul’s view was that all who could should work to support themselves.
“If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
Not everyone can choose their type of work. Historians estimate that over half the population of the Roman Empire were slaves. However if Christ has the intention of being Lord of all then that will include the work we are called to do or told to do. So don’t allow life’s routines to become mindless activities or to suffocate your faith.
See your work as a responsibility from God. If it is legitimate then it has dignity – whether building bridges or washing dishes. As we see ourselves as working for God any task must take on a new significance.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23)
Be faithful in your work. Whether you are employed or an employer do it faithfully and responsibly, and with due concern for the welfare of all concerned and affected.
• “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favour, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22)
• “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.” (Colossians 4:1)
Do your work with integrity. Be honest and don’t compromise God’s moral standards or generosity of spirit. God is with you and wishing to express Himself through you.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11)
My life and the work of my mind and hands are an offering to God and an expression of my relationship with Him.
Father You have sent me out into the world to live and work to Your honour and glory. Please help me to offer You the best of which I am capable. Amen.