by Barbara Latta
God created the beautiful world and put Adam in a paradise. He told the man to tend the garden.
The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8 NKJV)
Work was necessary even in this perfect place. But Adam’s assignment did not require toil and sweat. If there were no weeds to pull or hard ground to devour seeds, then what was the purpose of work?
For Adam, his function was a joy, not forceful labor.
But when Adam and Eve sinned, a curse penetrated the earth. Forever mankind would struggle to entice the ground to produce food. The devil laughed every time the man faced thorns, thistles, drought, destruction, and dust.
Yet God had a remedy. The promise of the redeeming Seed.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. (Genesis 3:15)
Jesus redeemed us from the curse that sin inflicts. The planet still carries the results of the fall, but when we submit to Christ, our projects can transform into the happy place God wants them to be. When we fulfill the mission He has called us to, our diligence is acknowledged, our hearts are full, and we live satisfied.
Idleness Opens the Door to Temptation.
This is what happened to King David. Instead of going out to battle with his soldiers, he stayed at the palace, slept all day, rose at night, and was tempted when he saw Bathsheba on the roof. He was not supposed to be at home; his place was on the battlefield with his men. He was bored and idle, and temptation took a toll on him.
It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel…Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. (2 Samuel 11: 1, 2)
The following scriptures can show us the many facets of our labors and the intent God has for work.
God Uses our Abilities to Supply Our Needs.
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense (Proverbs 12:11).
We all have obligations. Stay-at-home moms (I think the hardest job!), career paths in the marketplace, school and university attendance, telecommuting, church and evangelistic ministry, factory, and industrial paths all require us to pursue what we desire to accomplish. When we have the right attitude about our vocations, our souls are satisfied.
What other Scriptures show you the importance of our work on earth? Join the conversation.