“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”- Genesis 2:15
Knee deep in diapers a few years ago, I thought my life would never change. I believed my life would consist of nothing more than washing endless loads of dishes and folding mounds of laundry. Raising two children seventeen months apart in age felt like raising twins. I loved being their mom, but I also knew I wanted to do other things in addition to being their mom. But would I ever have the time? Was this all there was to life?
Have you ever felt like your work means nothing to anyone? I’m sure at one time or another we all have felt like our work means nothing. Wiping food off a baby’s chin or caring for a sick loved one may seem tedious and fruitless, simply because we don’t see any reward for our labor until many years later, if at all. Yet God sees our work as a part of the natural order of things. In fact, he considers work so important, he included as a part of paradise.
Your work matters to God. We can view it as something we have to do, or something we get to do. It may be easy to compartmentalize our work as something separate from God, but it isn’t. Our work is a part of our worship to God. When we treat an ornery coworker with kindness or do the best job in your department, you are honoring God and being a good steward of what He has entrusted to you. Your work matters to God in three ways:
It gives us purpose- God designed our lives so that men and women would work together to help manage and work together. Each person is gifted with a specific set of gifts to complete the tasks at hand. No one has all the gifts, so we need each other to get the job done.
It gives us meaning- “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name” (2:19). God assigned Adam meaningful work. He entrusted him with the task of permanently naming the animals that we have today. He gave him an important job in His garden. God could have done the work himself, but instead He gave the task to Adam so they could work and fellowship together.
Work was not meant to be done in isolation- “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him”(2:18). We were not meant to work alone. We all need help to complete the work that God has prepared for us to do. When you are feeling like your work doesn’t matter, talk with a co- worker. Sometimes they can shed a different light on the importance or the value of your work.
Your work matters to God. Even if you don’t see rewards for your labor, know that your work has more significance than you can imagine: an eternal one.