NOTE: I’m chaperoning a high school service project this week. In light of that: 1) I’ll be posting remotely and will have limited access to comments. I’ll approve as much as I can, but I can’t make any promises that something won’t go wrong. Please don’t let that stop you from commenting, though – all comments will be approved ASAP. 2) Please pray for our safety and unity and that the peace of God would reign in our lives this week. And finally, 3) because I’ll be doing service projects all week, there will be a definite theme to this week’s posts… 😉
Work. It’s a four letter word. Both literally, and, for some people, figuratively. It pulls us out of bed in the morning when we’d rather stay snuggled under the blankets. It keeps us inside on those perfect summer days. It makes us tired and stressed. It takes up an entire third of our day, if not more.
But here’s the surprising thing about work…are you ready for it? Hold onto your coffee: Work is a privilege. No really, it is. Let me prove it to you:
Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” From Day 8, we have been working. And until chapter 3 of Genesis, we can assume that work was fulfilling and, dare I say it, a pleasure. The Garden, and everything in it were created at a level of perfection that only God could achieve and that we won’t experience until the new Heaven and the new Earth are a reality. And in the midst of that perfection, God put Adam to work. Work, for Adam, was not a punishment. Until the Fall, work was a privilege.
In the book of Ruth, we see our heroine working in the fields owned by her future husband. His instructions to his men regarding her were as follows: “Even if she gathers among the sheaves, don’t embarrass her. Rather, pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.” (Ruth 2:15-16) Boaz could have easily told the men to just give her some grain and let her go on her way. Instead, he allowed Ruth the privilege of work. He made it as easy for her as possible, but she still had to bend down and pick up the stalks of wheat that were left for her.
Without the privilege of work, there is no satisfaction in pleasure. Without work, the Bible says, we don’t have the right to even eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Without work, we miss fulfilling a part of who we were made to be. The Psalmist prayed, “Establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)
So this week, instead of moaning about having to get up and work again, be grateful that God, in His wisdom, put us to work. Then do the task in front of you, remembering that “it is the Lord Christ you are serving”. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Why do you think God gave us work? What was (or is) your favorite job?