Work changed after the Fall. Creative labor (that’s what work really is- or should be, right?) no longer had the ease to it that it had before sin entered the equation. In a real sense, the ground “fought back” with Adam.
The raises an interesting question: Why did God do this? Why did God curse the ground?
God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Genesis 3:17). In other words, it’s clear here that the curse is a direct result of Adam’s sin.
This leads us to the obvious follow-up question: Did God curse the ground, or did He simply communicate to Adam the result of his actions?
Or, to ask the question another way- Did God curse Creation or did we?
If God cursed Creation, then we can lay the blame for every natural disaster on Him. Even though insurance agencies refer to tornadoes and hurricanes as “acts of God,” do we really believe that He causes- or caused- them?
Did God cause the storm at sea that Jesus...
We were created in God’s Image. He’s a Creator, a worker… one who adds value.
Work isn’t a curse. Despite all of the jokes about dreading “manic” Mondays, work is actually a gift. In the Garden of Eden, Adam worked before sin, before the Fall, before the curse. We were designed to create, steward, and add value to the world around us.
Note how things unfolded way back in the beginning:
First, we were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Redemption restores the fractured image of God that has always been present. Jesus takes the pieces and puts them back together such that we clearly resemble who He is.
Second, God is a worker- when He walked on the earth 2,000 years ago Jesus testified that the Father had been working since the beginning (John 5:17).
Jesus verified, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
God has always worked. He has always enhanced the places He’s present. He has...