God Created the First Start-Up
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NASB)
Many people, including Christians, have never seriously considered the relationship between God and work or looked at work from God’s perspective. Diligent and responsible work that honors God and reflects excellence is a core value in the kingdom. God worked to create the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Jesus came to work, preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons. When Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave us the Holy Spirit Who is always at work within us, comforting, teaching, leading, guiding, and helping us achieve the will of God in our everyday life.
God understands work and business (operations, economics and finance, resource allocation, leadership, etc.) In Genesis 1:1-31, we find God at work creating heaven and earth and every living creature. Twenty-six verses show God working:
(1) establishing vision
(2) planning and creating
(4) inspecting, approving or modifying
(5) creating, assigning and empowering a workforce (Adam and Eve)
(6) establishing job duties and responsibilities, compensation and benefit programs.
God had a vision or (Master Plan) for earth and all of mankind. For a brief period, everything worked according to plan. Then Satan (the serpent) led Adam and Eve into disobedience and sin. This changed everything. Like many startups, changes had to be made that impacted every part of His business. God sent Moses, other prophets and ultimately His Son Jesus Christ, to oversee a turnaround. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was part of God’s plan for restoration and reconciliation.
If you don’t know Jesus today, believe in Him and the One who sent Him. Repent, and ask Jesus to become your personal Savior. Become part of the Master’s Plan for salvation. Ask God to speak to you about His vision and purpose for your life. Ask Him to lead and guide you as you pursue His will. Trust Him in your daily work life. Remember, God knows a great deal about work because He created it!
Lord, thank you for the beauty and wonder of your creation. Jesus, I know you are at work and are part of God’s Master Plan for my life. Show me your perfect will and plans for my life and help me to walk it out by faith. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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