I was doing a little channel flipping the other day, you know watching a show for a few seconds then moving on to the next TV station to see what they are offering, dodging commercials – yet lingering on those ads that seem to know my wants. I quickly exhausted the standard stations (it is a short list because we don’t have cable or Dish, just the free HD from an antenna, I know kind of archaic). So I hit the public television stations and something stopped my channel surfing to the point of putting down the remote. It was a guy so animated, so passionate, so excited, he even had tears as he described what I thought was another person, but he was describing his job! He loved his work. He has been doing it for years and loved getting up in the morning to head to his workshop and, as each hour went by, he was more energized than before. With a smile and a giggle he said his wife has to remind him to come home for supper because he gets lost in the joy of his job.
Now yes, he seemed to be balanced with a loving family, many of which were in the business and one of his sons when asked why he took up the same trade said something like, ‘My dad’s passion made we love it, too. Now we share the same interest, joy, and fervor. This son then went off as to how much fun his job is as he brings in the newer technology, and again, I was drawn in at by the pure love he had for his craft.
That’s how I imagine God was in His job of creation, an artist with the blank canvas of space went about His job of creation (see Genesis 1). What is interesting is in this chapter of Genesis 1 is a word that is used seven times; Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, and 31. It is the word ‘good.’
Genesis 1:4 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:31 31 God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning– the sixth day.
The word ‘good’ in these verses means pleasant, agreeable to the senses, enjoyable, lovely, merry, better, cheery. God was having a wonderful time at His job! It was a blast. Just look around at His handiwork. It is obvious God loved His job of creation. The beauty and detail of an orchid, the majesty of mountains, the fun of animals like duck bill platypus or blob fish or bug-eyed Tarsier…all innovative creations of a creative God who was having fun. It is a joy to witness God at work. I sure hope I give off that same joy to those who witness my work.
Work did not start out toilsome, sure it took effort energy and some strain, but sin broke work and now it is toilsome (see Genesis 3). Yet, God at work again, sent Jesus to redeem us from sin’s corrosive and corruptive effect (see Romans 6). The key for us to let Jesus’ redeeming power affect every area of our lives, even our work. How we activate this redeeming work of Jesus is to believe in Jesus as our Redeemer and know Him more as we read the Bible.
God is at work all the time. Those things that some call coincidences are more of God at work. Just this past week as I was dealing with a new care level for my mom, God was at work coordinating ‘spontaneous’ meetings, ‘accidental’ interactions, and ‘by-chance ’ alignment of details. No, they were not unplanned or inadvertent or coincidental, God was at work.
Philippians 4:19 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Yes, I still had to do a lot of work and God did not do it all for me, but He was still at work in and round all that went on, even in the few hiccups I experienced.
Yes God is at work, working His sovereign plan and in our lives, but what about at our work? Well, the reality is if you are at work, God is at work, for God is with you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
And to have God at work is to be about the things of God. Jesus was very clear…
Matthew 22:37-39 37 And He (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
It is for us to reflect God’s goodness, joy, and love at work and with those we work with. As well, to work hard and do a good job, like God.
God is at work and God is AT your work. Let’s enjoy the work God has given us and reflect His fun nature as we do our work.
Oh, that joyful, passionate worker mentioned above, he is a violin maker and loves and those who play his handmade instruments say their sounds reflect his love.
Seeking to reflect God’s love at work with you,