one of the first commands…

I hadn’t planned on posting. I figured that with the holidays, there wouldn’t be time, however, while reading my devotions the other morning, I discovered something new {and something I had always assumed that wasn’t quite true}.

So in Genesis, after God created man, He commanded him to keep the garden. In other words, God breathes life into man and then basically said, ‘Get to work.’

‘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, NIV}

And what I realized I had always assumed was, that work was a result, or punishment, for sin. {Ya know, because they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.} But it wasn’t. It was an original command. Possibly even the first one. It would seem that work was meant to be enjoyed. A gift from God to give us purpose.

Garden ToolsBut what WAS a result of sin was…pain, toil, and struggle. {Sad, isn’t it?} Adam and Eve sinned. They disobeyed and ate the fruit. And now…sweat, difficulty, and disappointment walks side-by-side with work.

Those were the results of sin, but work, in and of itself, never was.

Think about it, how often have you discovered that time just flew by while you were busy doing something you were good at, something you enjoyed, and/or something you felt ‘called’ to do? You looked up, only to find the day almost over and it didn’t seem possible. You realize your stomach hurts because you forgot to eat – you were so focused on the task at hand.

Have you found to be true? Work – when it’s something you’re good at, and when it’s something you enjoy is usually a pleasure. It brings joy. It brightens your day. It makes you feel connected to being alive because it gives you purpose.

I think that was the original idea from God’s command.

‘Find something to do and get busy. Take care of this incredible creation I spoke into being for you. Because in doing so, you will discover the reason I had for your existence. The piece of the puzzle for which you were born. The part of My plan that only YOU can accomplish.

Don’t believe me? Check out God’s view of laziness.

‘Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest.

‘We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious.

‘Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.’ {2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, Message Bible}

You weren’t born to be lazy, and you weren’t born to be wild {despite the words Mars Bonfire penned in a song}. You were created to work. To be busy. To be a good steward. To complete the plan God has for you. To do the one thing that only YOU can do.

It isn’t punishment. It’s a command.

So as this year comes to a close, find what you’re supposed to be doing…and get busy.

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