Posted by: Brian Musser | August 2, 2014

Adam and the Garden

Work-Ship – Week Seven:  Knowing God’s Will for your Work  – Day Forty-Six:  Adam and the Garden

We will never complete our task of incorporating the Great Commission and the Great Commandment into our lives.  We will always be able to improve.  There will always be parts of our work that need to be more intimately engaged with our basic Christian lives.  But let’s leave the topic of our general calling to be entirely devoted Christian as we work as a never ending work in progress.  Moving from the general to the more specific, there are four passages of scripture of interest, where God influences someone’s work.  For the next four sections we will examine these passages for how they can instruct us on our question of what is God’s will for my work.  The three passages are Genesis 2: 1 – 15 (concentrating on verse 15), Exodus 31: 1 – 11, the book of Esther (concentrating on verse 4:14) and 1 Samuel 10: 1 – 8 (concentrating on verse 7).  The first is a one that we have examined before.

Gen 2:15 (HCSB)  The LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.

 Prior to Genesis 2:15 we read that God has created the Heavens and the Earth, planted a garden and formed Adam.  Then in this verse, God takes and places Adam in the garden and assigns Adam the task of working it and watching over it.  Adam is given a specific place prepared by God to work and specific assignments commanded by God to do.  Adam is called by God to be the farmer, caretaker and/or gardener of Eden.  Is this a sacred or secular job?  Today gardening tends to be viewed as a mostly secular occupation.  But Adam is not just gardening but is taking care of God’s creation and following God’s direct commands.  So it can easily be viewed as a sacred assignment.  So did God call Adam to a sacred or a secular job?  I am coming to the conclusion that the distinction between the sacred and secular within God’s creation (and especially within the workplace) is artificial.  Adam’s sacred call as the first human to work in the Garden of Eden should cause us to question our sacred and secular dichotomy.

But many of us will never have that Adam experience of being directly commanded by God.   I have found this lack considerably frustrating.  I remember as a college student praying.  I was asking God to tell me what it is that I was supposed to do with my life.  I did not get a direct answer.  I was completely committed to follow God’s command wherever I was instructed me to go.  But I was not placed in my garden and told to work it by God.  Where does that leave me?  Did I not listen hard enough?  Was I not actually willing to hear God’s voice?  Was I expecting too much from God?  Was I not important enough for God to speak directly to?

Have you ever had a situation like Adam where it was very clear from God what you were supposed to be doing and/or where you were supposed to be doing it?

 If yes, how did you hear that instruction from God?

 If no, has God’s direct silence on what you are supposed to do with your life been frustrating?

 Would you feel confined or restricted if god told you exactly what to do and where to do it?

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