Posted by: Brian Musser | May 8, 2014

Created to be Workers

Work-Ship – Week Five:  Humanity as Workers – Day Twenty-Nine:  Created to be Workers

As we continue our devotional journey toward intimately connecting what we believe and how we work, this week we are going to make a substantial shift.  After spending three weeks examining God the Trinity as a worker we are going to now transition into exploring humanity in the context of work.  We have laid a good foundation.  We have tried to define our work through the work that God is doing.  We do not work independently of God.  Our work is in the context of God’s work.  God’s work gives our work meaning.  God’s work is the basis for our work.  Now let’s look at what scripture specifically says about our work.

Genesis 1:26-31 (HCSB)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.

In Genesis we see God the Trinity intentionally decide to create humanity.  God decided to make us in God’s own image both male and female.  Then immediately after creating us in His image, God assigns us specific tasks.  These tasks of ruling, multiplying, filling and subduing would qualify from our previous definition as work.  So God decides to create us.  Why did God desire to create us?  What was the original God ordained purpose of humanity?  We can never fully know the mind of God.  We can not figure out what God was thinking.  The mind of God is a mystery to us.  However, Scripture’s purpose is to declare the mysterious mind of God to us in such a way a that we are able to know God.  The mystery of God is revealed to us through the Word of God: first in Christ and secondly through the Holy Bible. 

So as we examine this passage I do not think it is overstepping our place to say that we can know why God created us.  God decided to create humanity to display His image and to accomplish specific tasks within His creation.  God created us to look like Him and to do the work He has assigned us.  I would even go as far to say that the image of God on display within us allows us to accomplish the work God has assigned us.  The inverse is true as well.  As we work on our God assigned tasks we display the image God in ways that we otherwise could not.

We were created to work!  God decided to create us in part to do the tasks that we should complete on earth.  We were created to look like God and this image of God is on display as we work.  God created us to be workers.  So if you want to know your God given purpose in this universe, it is to display the image of God through accomplishing the task He has set aside for you to do.

Allow me to make a few more comments.  This connection between who humanity is and what it does is before sin entered the world.  Work is not a result of the Fall.  Work was created to be part of the universe from the very beginning.  As God looks over His creation that includes a working humanity and a sinless universe, He declares it as very good.  Work is good.  But as a result of the fall, not all work has remained good and not all of humanity has maintained the ability to complete our assigned tasks.  Next week we will spend a substantial portion of time discussing the affects of sin on work.  But for now I want you to know that we were created to work.  Our work is good.  And we can display the very image of God through the work that we do.

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