Read: Genesis 1:26-31
Some Christians think that work is bad, and that it is a curse brought about by Adam and Eve’s sin. This mistaken belief can cause people to feel that what they do in their jobs every day is not important to God, or not as important as the work of missionaries and pastors. This is not true, as Gen. 1:26-31 teaches us.
We learn that God Himself works, as seen by the labour involved in creation and by the fact that He rested on the seventh day. Then we see that we were made in His image (Gen. 1:26) and that we were granted dominion over creation. This implies that we are to work to care for creation. Clearly, the tending of God’s creation is work – noble work, for God looked upon His labours and declared them “very good” (Gen. 1:31).
In fact, work was declared good before sin entered the picture. In other words, work did not result from the Fall and therefore is not a curse. We see this idea again in Gen. 2, when God “took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (Gen. 2:15). Before the Fall of humanity, the work of Adam and Eve was to tend and guard the Garden of Eden.
Let us approach each day’s labour – whether at a job or doing another activity to help our family – with an awareness of the dignity and nobility God gave it in creation. Can we pray: “God, give me work till my life’s end, and life till my work is done?”