January 9: Life Is Work

The Source of Life

God is the source of life. He is creator. We image him. We flow from him. His own breath made us alive. To live is to image God. To image God is to impact this world. How do we impact the world?

The Signs of Life

Genesis 2:15. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Working is a sign of God’s life in us.

This word “work” in Genesis 2:15 is bigger than meets the eye. It is the Hebrew word abad. This same word is used to mean to serve and to worship. Adam was told to “work” the garden. Or we might translate it as “serve” the garden. But can we also connect our working and serving to our worshipping?

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Let me show you another example of the use of this word from Exodus.

Exodus 4:23. Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.”  (ESV)

Exodus 5:9. [Pharaoh said] “Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” (ESV)

You can see that the same word is used to describe worship and then to describe physical work.

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We were made to image God. We were made to work. We were made to worship. Whoever or whatever we work for is who or what we worship. We cannot separate work from worship. We cannot separate image bearing from work and worship, we cannot separate living from work and worship, and therefore we cannot separate Christ from work and worship.

If “to live is Christ” then he alone must restore our work to worship and our worship to our work.

Ephesians 2:10. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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