by Michelle Lazurek
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 NIV
Knee deep in diapers a few years ago, I thought my life would never change. The repeating cycles of never-ending laundry and endless loads of dishes seemed to stretch on forever into the foreseeable future. I loved being mom to two children seventeen months apart in age. But I had to wonder: was this all there would be to my significance? Would my dreams for accomplishment outside of motherhood ever come to pass?
I’m sure at one time or another we all have felt like our work is meaningless. Wiping food off a baby’s chin or caring for a sick loved one can seem tedious and fruitless, simply because we don’t see any reward for our labor at the moment. Yet God views our work as a part of the natural order of things.
Our work matters to God. We can view it as something we have to do, or something we get to do. There is no distinction in the Bible between ministry and other kinds of work. Whatever we do, we can do for His glory.
Our labors are a part of our worship to Him. Whether we treat an ornery coworker with kindness, or throw ourselves into a task at hand, we honor God by being a good steward in what He has entrusted to us.
In fact, God considered work so important to our well-being, He included it as a part of paradise.
Work allows us to express the image of God- “[The Lord] brought [every beast of field and bird of the sky] to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name” (Genesis 2:19b NASB). As a writer, one of the best parts of my job is taking a topic or Bible verse and giving it a fresh spin from research or personal experience. Just as God created something from nothing when He created the heavens and earth, He allowed Adam to create something out of nothing by generating names for the animals (Genesis 2:19-20). We reflect our Maker when we engage in the creative process.
Work gives us meaning- Accomplishment is very satisfying and brings a sense of purpose to our existence. After creating male and female, God told them, “. . .Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:28a NASB). From the very beginning, God-given work was a significant responsibility.
Work affords an opportunity to operate in community- “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18 NASB). We were not meant to work alone. We were created with individual abilities and are meant to function in the Church as many members of one body. We need each other to get the job done. When we feel like our work doesn’t matter, talking with a co- worker can provide a different perspective and encourage us on in our work.
Your work matters to God. Even if sometimes you don’t see purpose or rewards as you labor, know that your work has more significance than you can imagine: an eternal one.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NIV
About the author: About the author: Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, national speaker, pastor’s wife and mother. A member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, she loves to help people encounter God and engage with the world around them. When not writing, you can find her enjoying a Starbucks latte and collecting vintage records. For more info, please visit her website at www.michellelazurek.com.
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