Work Is More Than a Curse
Sometimes work feels like a curse, but there's also a hopeful realism about God's good plan for our jobs.
Whether it as at home, in a classroom, on a factory floor, or in the office, work can be a big pain!
You can face an urgent deadline and have your computer crash. Or you can deal with difficult customers and serve under a demanding boss. Or you have to let an employee go or downsize the labor force. Even at home you may face a mountain of laundry to do. All of these are big pains.
I was out tending to my lawn and I've always liked lawn work—until recently, that is, when something took the wind out of my sails. Frankly, it happened so very quickly, I couldn't stop it. The momentum of my revved up lawnmower devoured the extended sprinkler head hidden in the tall grass. Black pieces of my sprinkler flew all over my back yard. At that agonizing moment, words suddenly snuck out of my mouth that—well—I don't think I will repeat for you this morning. Needless to say, I was not a very happy camper when my sprinkler head disintegrated before my eyes and my tongue revealed to anyone within hearing distance that I, the "right" reverend, was neither right nor very reverent at the moment.
Work, it makes us want to curse. But why? Why is work so often such a pain? If you have a Bible, turn with me to the book of Genesis. In Genesis 1 and 2 we see that God didn't design human work to be a frustrating pain; He designed it to be an exhilarating pleasure. But in Genesis 3, because of humankind's act of great folly, we see sin's devastating effect on work.
Work itself was profoundly impacted by the curse. If we grasp what the biblical writers tell us then we realize that my work, your work, whatever it may be, is not at all what it ought to be. In this fallen and broken world, God's original design for our work has ...
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Tom Nelson is the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, and the author of Work Matters.