Over half of our waking hours revolve around work...either we work in our occupation or we work around our home or we think about our work (both at our job and at home!). And, if you're a student, your education is work, too.
Work is a good gift from God. God worked when He created everything. God gave humans work to do in His creation. And it was all good.
Then when humanity rebelled against God and His good work...things fell apart. The word "labor" seems to have a subtly distinct meaning from "work" in our culture...labor sounds "heavier" than work. Perhaps with that distinction we can say our work became laborious after our rebellion. It ceased to be as joy-filled and life-giving as it once was. From the painfulness of child-bearing labor to the toilsome labor of the soil, we see the effects of that first rebellion recorded in the earliest portion of the Scriptures.
But like everything else we've covered (and will cover) during this Lenten season, we will discover how God's work is to bring about the redemption of all things "broken" in our lives....including our work!
This week we'll address our work (and schooling!) and how God is calling us to work for His glory, the good of others, and our joy. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!