God Created You To Work

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on July 16, 2017
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Genesis 2:4-9, 15 Before sin ever entered the world, God had assigned the first people to work and keep the land where they lived. Therefore, work is not a necessary evil or an inconvenient means of meeting our needs, but work is intrinsic to God’s original design for humanity.

Genesis 1:26
God’s vision for humanity is for us to manage His world, ruling over it as the only creatures made in His image and likeness.

Psalm 145:15-17
In God’s management of the world, He gives all their food. He does not feed us or the animals directly, but through work.

“Look at the places in the Bible that say that God gives every person their food. How does God do that? It is through human work--from the simplest farm girl milking the cows to the truck driver bringing produce to market to the local grocer. God could feed us directly, but he chooses to do it through work. There are three important implications of this. First, it means all work, even the most menial tasks, has great dignity. In our work we are God’s hands and fingers, sustaining and caring for his world. Secondly, it means one of the main ways to please God in our work is simply to do work well.” --Tim Keller, “How Faith Affects Our Work”

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, 3:12-13; 5:18-19; 8:15; 9:5-10
Although Ecclesiastes projects an overall bleak outlook on life, it also teaches us to work hard and to take pleasure in our toil under the sun. In fact, finding joy in our work is a gift from God.

Isaiah 65:17-25
In the age to come, we are not off on clouds locked in an infinite loop of playing harps and singing praise. That’s not the picture we find in the Bible. The Hebrew prophets portray the Kingdom as a time of building, farming, eating, drinking, and socializing, all to God’s glory.

Revelation 21:10-27 In the beginning, we inhabit a garden, but in the end, a city. Thus, the end is not exactly the same as the beginning but more developed as God’s people continue to work for His glory.

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