Where do you work? Perhaps in an office, at a construction site, or at home with your children. No matter where we are, we all have work to do.
God created work all the way back in the beginning. In Genesis 2:15 we are told, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” So, work is a good thing. We were meant to labor and take care of what God has given us.
The New Geneva Study Bible explains the concept or work this way:
Man was to find fulfillment, not in idleness, but in a life of rewarding labor in obedience to God’s command.
God mandated work to make our lives full and meaningful. Have you ever been sick at home, unable to do your normal activities? If you are like I am, you tend to feel restless, like there is more you should be doing. That drive to be productive with our time was put there by God. It is this drive that enables us to provide for our families, fulfill our dreams and accomplish the tasks God sets before us.
God did not say that the work would be easy, but He did give us a guideline about how we should do whatever work we are doing. In Colossians 3:23, we’re told this:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Dear friend, although we work to fulfill earthly needs, we should not work to please men. But we should work to bring honor and glory to God, who is the Creator of work. When we work this way, we will feel a deeper sense of fulfillment and purpose. As you look at your daily life from this perspective my prayer is that t will renew your strength as you labor for the God who loves you.
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Psalm 128:1, 2
By Vonette Bright, My Heart is in His Hands—Winter
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