From Your Pastor, July 6

From Your Pastor, July 6

Heigh-ho, It’s Off to Work We Go

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” — Genesis 2.15

Recent statistics reveal that more than seventy percent of the American population does not like their job. Actually, they hate it! This is an alarming statistic considering the simple fact that sleeping and working gobble up most of your life. Is this you? Do you strongly dislike your job?

According to the Bible, work is good. Before the fall, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1.31). Prior to the fall of mankind, we do not see Adam getting up in the morning and singing in a sorrowful tone, “Heigh-ho, it’s off to work I go.” Adam does not continue hitting the snooze button because he dreads going to work. 

The Bible tells us that “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2.15). In other words, Adam was told to create and cultivate. God designed us to be busy. We all have this innate desire regardless if you are a CPA or Home Economist (a.k.a., stay-at-home mom). 

What does this tell us about God? Is God creative or is he dull, monotonous and tedious? A cursory reading of the Bible as well as looking at the world around us will give us the answer. God is very creative. Over the course of six days “God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1.4) and he said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Genesis 1.26). Have you opened your eyes lately to see all the various shapes and colors of God’s creation—including human beings? God is definitely innovative. 

Maybe people are so bored with their jobs because they abandoned the God-given creativity. If this is you, amputate the attitude. Get creative again. 

Additionally, let me encourage you to revive the creativity in your cultivating. Everyday can be a new adventure, but it will be filled with old tasks. Yes, you will have to eat, brush your teeth, pay bills, send emails, buy groceries and make dinner. The apostle Paul, however, said, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10.31). Get creative with the attitude and the activity. Most of our problems originate between our ears. 

If you hate your job, there is something you can do about it: MAKE A CHANGE. Look to your Creator to remember His creativity and cultivating. Then, go change your attitude, which changes your atmosphere. And if you still don’t like your job, then find a new one. If your spirit has left the building, then please take your body. All of the major characters in the Bible changed jobs. Think about Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus. 

It seems like someone real famous and creative once said: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7.7).

–Pastor Knox