“And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” – Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NLT)
Do you think our society appreciates work? We say, “Thank God it’s Friday,” and see bumper stinkers with messages such as “I’d rather be fishing, hiking, golfing, skiing, sailing, etc.” Is work a curse, or was it something we were designed to do?
Genesis 3:13 says, “By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” At first glance, someone may think that work was a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, but before the fall of man, God gave Adam work to do and to rule over everything that He created, manage it, and care for it (Genesis 1:26-38, 2:15).
However, it seems people may see work as something to do, to buy things, to get accolades, to achieve ambitions, to accomplish something meaningful, or as a way to serve God and people. Which of these comes to mind when you think of work?
The first one to work was God. After each day of the creation week, God finished His work and said, “It is good.” Have you ever felt good after a hard day’s work? Have you ever gotten satisfaction after looking at the work you finished?
Work is a gift from God. Have you ever thought of work as a gift from God? God loves us so much that He gives us work to do, to provide for our needs and to be generous with others.
God help us to have the correct view of work and to work enthusiastically.