Adam’s and Eve’s sin did not result in work as their punishment; work was already part of the plan when God created them. But, their sin DID cause work to be harder and more painful.
Since God created work, and everything He creates has purpose and value, what could possibly be the purpose and value of work?
Scripture gives us several reasons:
- To glorify Him–the Apostle Paul commands us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”;
- To use the gifts and talents he gave us–in Romans 12:6, it says, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them”;
- To provide for ourselves and our families–It’s pretty clear in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat”; and in 1 Timothy 5:8 we are warned that “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.”
- To serve and help others–the Apostle Peter wrote, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”.
We have been created for work and uniquely equipped for that work within the body and for the community at large.
So what does that look like for each of us? Think about it and I’ll see you tomorrow.
For your advantage,