Posted by: Brian Musser | May 10, 2014

Working in God’s Context

Work-Ship – Week Five:  Humanity as Workers – Day Thirty-One:  Working in God’s Context

As we study in depth the work of humanity we must never lose sight that our work is completely and totally dependent upon God’s previous work.  We see in Genesis chapter 1 that all of Creation was made by God and the Humanity was created by God and placed within Creation to take care of it.  The object (Creation) of our work was dependent upon God for its very existence.  We would have nothing to work upon, in, or within if God had not created previously created it.  Then we see that we, ourselves are the product of God’s work.  All of our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual resources that we use as we work our given to us through the creative hands of God.  We would not be workers if God did not make us and if God did not make us to be workers.  Our work is dependent upon God’s previous work.

Genesis 2:4-15 (HCSB)

These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. No shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground. But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land. Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He placed the man He had formed. The Lord God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden, as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river went out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. Gold from that land is pure; bdellium and onyx are also there. The name of the second river is Gihon, which flows through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris, which runs east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.

Let’s take a look at the description of Adam’s first work assignment.  In the beginning we see that nothing is growing yet.  Why is nothing growing?  Because God did not bring rain and there is no human to take care of things.  God did not allow plants to grow until their was a human in place to take care of them.  In God’s creative mind we are a necessary piece for the functioning of His creation.  Then God specifically plants a garden.  He places Adam in this garden.  God causes the garden to grow.  God has positioned the garden strategically between several rivers.  God has blessed the land with several precious resources.  This garden that God has spent time and effort constructing is now assigned to Adam to be taken care of, to be tended by him, to be watched over by him.  Adam’s job it to take care of the garden in which God has placed him.

Like Adam our work is completely dependent upon God’s previous work.  We work in a creation that was the work of God.  If you have a job that uses any of the resources for our natural world, whether that include oxygen or silicon or gold or silver, your work is dependent upon God’s work.  If you work with mammals, or reptiles or birds or fish, your work is dependent upon God’s work.  If you eat animals or vegetables, the physical energy you convert into work is dependent upon God’s work.  If you work with people, you work is dependent upon God’s work.  If you use any of the resource God has created within your being, neurons or muscles, you work is dependent upon God’s work.  Everything we do is based upon God’s previous doing.

Have you ever seriously considered how dependent your is upon God’s work?  Have you ever thanked God for the context He has provided for your work?

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