Posted by: Brian Musser | April 22, 2014

God’s Work Needs Us

Work-Ship – Week Two:  The Father At Work – Day Thirteen:  God’s Work Needs Us

Last week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are going to spend a significant amount of time over the next several weeks looking at the work of God.  To organize this conversation about the work of God we are going to explore God’s work through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

Did the title get your attention?  Are you already creating an argument against what I’m about to say?  God doesn’t need us.  God is perfectly fine without us.  God doesn’t need anything let alone sinful humanity.  I agree with those statements but I want to look at a verse in Genesis chapter two so that we can see something about how God’s work has been designed to need us.

Genesis 2:4-7 (NIV)

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

I want us to concentrate on verse five.  What are the two reasons given for there being no plants at this time?

  • The first reason is because God had not sent rain.
  • The second reason is because humanity was not there to work the ground.

God had built into His creation the need for humanity.  Ultimately God’s work does not need us.  Theoretically God could have designed this universe to function without us.  But God has chosen to, in some way, make His creation dependent upon humanity.  We see this in Genesis 1:26 -31 as well.  God created the universe with us in mind as its leaders.  God did not need to do things this way but God chose to do things this way.

“When you want something done right you have to do it yourself.”  That is a common phrase within our culture.  God intentionally chose to work differently.  He chose to make His work dependent upon others.  God chose to empower humanity to do great things.  A lot of times this has meant that the work has not been done in a very God like manner.  Since sin so deeply affects humanity, our work and the creation that is dependent upon our work has been marred as well.  (We will spend an entire week looking at the effects of sin on work.)  But given the choice, God chose to delegate responsibility to others; to give humanity an assignment.

  • If you want something done right you have to do it yourself.
  • If you want to work like God works you have to delegate and empower others.

How have you not given responsibility over to others?  Why?  What are you afraid of if you do delegate your work?

Have you ever been able to empower others to do a great job?  How did that feel?


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