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A Theology of Work, Part One

Our photo: On nearly every street in Spain, you'll find men and women working. Selling food, busking, hustling. In the summer it's hot, in the winter it's freezing. It’s no Eden.


The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Genesis 2:15

At the outset of the Bible God give man work. Four implications for our work:
 
1. Work is a good thing. 
 
Work is inherently good, not bad. It is not a result of sin. It is not a consequence of the Fall or the curse. It is not a necessary evil. Work was created before the Fall and given to man as a gift.
 
God himself works. When the Bible opens, what is God doing?
 
2. You are designed for work. 
 
In Genesis 2:2-3 we see that we are designed for Sabbath rest. In Genesis 2:15-17 we see that we are designed for work. We are designed by God to live in the rhythm of work and rest.
 
Because we are image bearers of a God who works, we too must work as part of our humanness. In fact, without meaningful work we are not fully alive. We need work.
 
This is not the same as saying we need a job. We don’t need a job to be fully human but we do need work, whether this work is housework, school work, volunteer work or job work.

(Two more implications for work next time.) 


This week’s post is from Jeff Wells, author and pastor of WoodsEdge Community Church.

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