Can’t find joy in your work? Read this.

Who came up with work anyway?

Ever wished you didn’t have to work? Maybe you’ve had the thought that if Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned you wouldn’t have to be subjected to this horrible task?

However, there might be more to work than you think.

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

We might have this idea that work is something that came after sin but it was actually something given to us by God. Before sin entered the world and messed everything up, God personally took and gave Adam a J-O-B.

That’s right work existed before the curse.

Work was and is a good thing. It was a blessing from God. He would have never asked Adam to do if it wasn’t something that God knew was good for him and all of his descendants.

So maybe it’s time to start changing your mind about work.

Work is a good thing

Let’s look at some verses and see why God would give us work

Proverbs 6:6-8 (NIV) Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Work is meant to be a means of providing for you and your family. God wants you to use your strength, abilities, and wisdom to get what you need.

Colossians 3:23 (NIRV) Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Work gives you an opportunity to show people where your heart is. If your goal is to please God, work can become a worshipful experience.

Proverbs 12:11 (ESV)  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Work can keep you grounded. Your mind is meant to think and imagine. But this ability, if not restrained, can make you into a wandering generality where all you do is chase the next best dream and never really accomplish anything.

1 Timothy 5:8 (ESV) But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Working allows you to reflect who God is and what He has done in your life. God is our great provider. He provides for all of our needs, even the ones we’re not aware that we need. And when we provide for others through our work, we are reflecting who God is.

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

This is probably referring more to good deeds, but regardless, it’s still talking about them as works. God wants you to work on good things. It’s not a curse that you have to work it is a blessing from your good heavenly father.

 

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