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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:15

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Genesis 3:17-19

To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must not eat from it,”

‘Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.’

From the book of Genesis we can see that work is God’s idea. He set the example by working to create the heavens and the earth. Then man was given the work of farming, looking after the earth. This was not a necessary evil. This was God’s plan and to begin with, the work was good and enjoyable.

However, after the first act of human disobedience, the consequences in the area of work were God’s curse on the ground, brining thorns and thistles. From that day onwards work has been hard, physically, mentally and emotionally. Sometimes work can seem frustrating and even pointless.

Are you struggling with tasks that are frustrating? Are there difficult relationships in your workplace? The good news is that work can be redeemed. Jesus died so that we could be redeemed. That means we are bought back to God. We may still live with the consequences of the fall, but we can overcome these with God’s help. The Holy Spirit living in us can transform our minds and give us wisdom to deal with conflict in the workplace.

We may not have to walk away from difficulties at work. We may be in the right job. Our attitude can change and make our work better. God is more interested in how we work than in the title of the work we do.

Thomas Halley
Sawyers Church Leadership Team

Sawyers Church