Genesis 2:15 (NLT)
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
Ask almost any person on any given day what they look forward to doing most and you will hear the reverberating answer of retirement. They will tell you that they long for the day when they don’t have to hit the clock or rush to an office five days a week. The idea of retirement and subsequent freedom from the prison bars of work is music to the ears of some. To do what they have been waiting their whole life to do is an exercise in elation.
There is nothing wrong with retirement or taking an extended vacation to travel and do the things that work keeps us fro doing at times. But you do want to make sure that you are not missing part of God’s idea of the privilege that it is to do something with our lives. God created all of us to work. It may not mean that we have to go to an office or work for 80 hours a week. But it does mean we must be productive in some way.
God put Adam in the Garden of Eden but he didn’t just put him there to look good. He put him there and gave him something to do. Adam was given the assignment to keep the Garden. In essence, God wanted him to embrace the responsibility and privilege of being productive. When we are not working, we are not living with the plan God has created for us. Most people view work as punishment but God has given us work as a privilege. God knows that meaning and fulfillment exist when we have the opportunity to be productive.
Work is a very important part of our lives but it is not to be made an idol. We should not worship work; we should not allow work to consume us. But whether we’re bagging groceries, selling insurance, sitting in an office, or flipping burgers, God wants us to work with the attitude that we are fulfilling a part of God’s plan for our lives. Thankfulness and dedication to whatever work we find ourselves doing should be the response because it is all for the glory of God.
“A work with the blessing of God upon it should be our normal work.”
— Watchman Nee