By Charles Goah, Bethel Seminary St. Paul
Do we realize that God is a worker? Many may not think of the Almighty Creator as a worker, but that’s exactly who Elohim is. The book of Genesis states: “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…” (Genesis 1:31a). Then we read in the second chapter, at the second verse, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made” (Genesis 2:2).
God works. And he has been working since the beginning of creation, and working still in various ways to maintain the creation he made. Timothy Keller in his book, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work states that since God is a worker, he has called us (humans) into work as well. In the beginning of creation, God assigned the first man he created to work. When Adam was told to name all the animals in the Garden of Eden that was work from God. Adam had to organize, strategize and execute that task.
One of the ways it is clear that man has been called to work is based on the fact that he is created in the image of God. Since God is a worker and he created man in his own image, then it must follow that man would also be a worker. In I Corinthians 3:9, we read this: “For we are laborers together with God…” And in 2 Corinthians 6:1, we read: “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”
Our God is a worker and therefore, nothing is wrong with work. We are not to shy away from work. Work is meaningful and in work we discover who we really are. Tom Nelson, author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work indicates that work is fulfilling, and we are designed by the Creator to not only play and rest, but also to work (page 20). We derive meaning from our work.
God created us with work in mind. As God is working all through creation, and all through known history, we have been called to enter into his work and do our assigned portion of work. God has set it up so that in our work we make a difference in the world.
One of the greatest works that God has done is in redemption. In the work of redemption, God opens the door for all humanity to come to him. We have a part to play in that work: we tell others about the love of God; we go to the nations to inform them about God’s love demonstrated through his work. The Lord Jesus, while on earth stated: “I must work the work of him who sent me” (John 9:4). The Holy Spirit is also at work, wooing the hearts of men and women and bringing them to that place to see themselves as needing the grace of God. The Spirit is also at work in the heart of the believer leading him/her to walk in righteousness.
Here’s the truth: God is a worker. We follow him in his work, and as we work, we make the world a better place.
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