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Relate…Involve Others by Acting on what You Are Learning

February 4, 2013

Today’s Reading ​ Genesis 1:1-3 ​​ Order Out of Chaos

What spiritual significance does your work have? Many people see their jobs as a “necessary evil” or “just a paycheck.” God wants us to see them as ways to honor and serve Him (Colossians 3:23). Working just for a paycheck falls dismally short of God’s intention. In the story of creation, we read how God formed and filled an otherwise “formless and empty” chaos. The writer of Genesis describes God’s work with poetic beauty.

God created order out of chaos and He created us in His image to do the same. He put Adam and Eve “in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). Work was not part of the fall; it was part of creation. God wanted His people to take this beautiful, unformed garden, and make it even better. That’s why we work. We mimic a creative God by creating order out of our chaos.

The key is not just the quality of our work but also our attitude in our work. When we give our creative best with a great attitude, we honor God. When we are lazy and sloppy at work, with an attitude that stinks, we insult God. Today reflect on your work. Who or what are you working for? Does the way you work bring honor or insult to God? How do you bring order to chaos?

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