For Good Works
Good works are not good because of external factors
In the beginning was the work. And the work was good. That’s right! From the first few pages in the Bible:
“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” —Genesis 1:31 (NASB)
“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”—Genesis 2:15 (NASB)
Then, as a result of man’s sin, work became harder when God said,
“Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you." —Genesis 3:17 (NASB)
One immediate reaction to this verse may be that work is now cursed, but that is not true. Notice that the ground was cursed, not the work. The ground may grow thorns and thistles, but the work itself can still be good, fruitful and a blessing.
For example, let’s look at your current job as “good” or “bad” work based on a variety of external factors. Take a moment to rate your current work life on ten-point scale. Ten is best, of course.
______ Fun tasks
______ Competent/cooperative people
______ Pleasant environment
______ Meaningful mission
______ Positive results
______ Lots of money
______ Nice boss
Now consider how good or bad your work is in light of these thoughts.
“… obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” —Colossians 3:22-25 (NASB)
May I propose a radical thought?
Good works are not good because of external factors. Works become “good” because you work wholeheartedly — taking full advantage of your being created in Christ — using all of your capacity and passions as for the Lord! So, regardless of how you rated your work earlier, the issue with any legitimate work is not just what you do – it’s also how well you do it.
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