The Father's Idea of Work

April 15, 2017

1st, December 2016

Genesis 2:7-15

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food…And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

 

When God created man, the scriptures state that, He planted a garden and furnished it before putting the man He made in it. He didn’t show man a piece of land and gave him (man) an instruction to make a garden. He (the Father) made the garden and then gave the finished and completed garden to man to dress it and to keep it. In this simple act, He was revealing His idea on work. He was explaining what His intentions with regards to work is.

 

Few years later, the Father taught the same lesson about work in His dealing with the Israelites. The children of Israel had been slaves for many years before they were delivered from Egypt via Moses’ ministry. The generation that got out of Egypt had never known how to live as free-men. They had grown up in slavery and had the mental conditioning of slaves. All their lives they have survived by the reward of their job. They had gone to work each day with their pay as their motivation. Now they were in the wilderness and having a job was not going to supply their needs. Even if they had money, there was no food to buy with it. For forty years, they had to depend on the Father for food, clothing, shelter and/or sustenance.

 

The lesson the Father had taught in a garden, He was now teaching in a wilderness; ‘working is not about trying to survive’. In the garden, man already had all his need provided, he wasn’t working so he can afford the basic amenities. The same was the experience of the Israelites in the wilderness; they didn’t have to work to meet their needs. The Father is saying; ‘I can take care of your needs independent of the works of your hands; I instituted work for a greater purpose’.

 

The concept of working to survive or working because of the pay came into force when God, cursing man, said ‘In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’ (Genesis 3: 19).

 

Glory to God we are not of the lineage of Adam and as such are not subject to that curse (or any curse for that matter). Nevertheless, if we are working because of the pay or to survive, we are willingly subjecting ourselves to the curse and, of necessity, would experience the effects of the curse.

 

There is a better reason the Father instituted work. There is a blessed and glorious purpose for work. Refuse to work with the mentality of those under the curse of Adam. Work with the higher purpose of the Father in mind.

 

Confession

The Father has provided all I need to live a comfortable and prosperous life on earth. I dwell in sufficiency because I dwell in the Father. I do not work to survive. I do not work to provide for my needs. I refuse to work because of the pay. I choose to live above the curse. Glory!!

 

Further Reading 

Matthew 6: 25 - 32 :Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?... Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 

Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68

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