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Bible insight about your work ñ Is it a blessing or a curse?

Pastor Jon Huizenga

Rise Up Church

Meets at Pine Ridge Bible Camp

8415 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

By today, you are beginning to forget the holiday weekend you just enjoyed and it feels like you’ve been working forever without a break (sigh). Am I right?

This work that you do—is it a blessing? Or is it a curse?

I would like to propose two thoughts:

Our work is a gift from God. 

The frustration we experience in our work is a result of the sin and brokenness that is in us and the world around us.

We can find all this in Genesis chapters 2 and 3 in the Bible; the creation story:

In chapter 2: “The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground …The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it … The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him … The Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man … Adam and his wife were both naked and they felt no shame” (NIV).

Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed because it was all good. They could trust each other, and they could trust the world. There was nothing wrong. And notice, there was work to do.

But then comes chapter 3: “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked…”

This is the story of Satan tempting Adam and Eve to eat from the one tree in all the Garden that God prohibited them from eating. They chose their way over God’s and that is where sin and its effects enter our human story.

Later in chapter 3, God pronounces the consequences: “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.”

Before sin entered the picture: Work involved joy, success and peace.

After sin entered the picture: Work remained, but sin frustrated it.

Here is some Bible wisdom about your work:

We should thank God for meaningful work. It gets things done, provides for our needs, and helps the world. Work is good. We were created to enjoy meaningful work.

We should let the frustrations of our work point us to our need for Jesus. We are a mess as we walk into our work. Our work environment is a mess before we even get there. Who can save us? Help us Lord! Jesus came to reverse the curse.

A brief excerpt about heaven (Revelation, chapter 22): “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and his servants will serve him. They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads…He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen, come Lord Jesus.”

This curse-reversing presence of Jesus is available to you as you go to your work today. And, it will make all things new at a day still to  come. 

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