We are created to work
In the beginning…God worked. We are made in the image of a God who works, and the first command from God is to work, to steward his creation.
The Hebrew word for the work of God, which is so effortless, is only used for the work of God. God’s work is special, creating something from nothing. However, in chapter 2, when God rested from his ‘work’, the word there is the same word used for our work, human work.
It seems clear that we have been designed to work, that work is a good thing, that work is part of what it means to be human.
Our work is to continue the work of God in creation: caring for it, sustaining it, filling in what still needs to be done.
In doing this work, we need to be mindful that we are representing God in that work, and we are working for God.
How does this picture of work impact on the way you think about your work? (Note: work here is anything we do with intent or purpose, not just paid work.)