Work was always God’s design for us to be able to draw out all that is this creation for the demonstration of our nobility having been created in the image of God, and for the glory of God. We forget that work can and must be redeemed. You know how that works? You redeem your yard every week. If you were go away for six months and come back, you would find out what the curse would do…. Or open all the windows and doors in your house and leave it for a year and come back and se what is inside, and what lives there. It is a battle and we all understand that battle. We extract goodness out of God creation. That was Adam’s job and now we have to fight against the curse to extract that goodness. We are called to that work because it is noble and because it is God-glorifying.
That was Paul’s thinking in his letter to the Thessalonians. There is an overriding concern in the minds of the believers that the return of the Lord has already happened. So those who “thought themselves to be spiritual” quit working in order to wait for the appearance of the Lord. Paul admonishes them in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 to get back to work. He shares with the a philosophy of work in light of the gospel. Today as we go to work, may we understand that God has given us a wonderful gift of service to others, it is called work. It is not a result of the curse, it is a means to make us productive, and give us purpose in life. May we chose to remain faithful to Him.