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I heard someone the other day say that we work because of the “fall of man.” While I get their sentiment, I think the statement is off base. There was work before the fall of man. There was even “work” before humans were created. The entire first chapter of Genesis is a brief glimpse of the process of God.
God’s work is the very starting point for our world. Everything that God touches is good and above all his other work, we humans, are a “very good” creation. We are created in his image.
We are the result when God expresses himself.
I think where we get off track into thinking that work is a result of the fall is that blurred line of intention. Our motives are a clear sign of our intent, and we can so easily trade the work God has called us to for something that we deem to be more important. We trade giving glory to the Most High for keeping the glory for ourselves.
There will always be a pull to be selfish with our work.
- “I built this all by myself.”
- “I hustled and hustled to get where I want to be”
- “Endless nights of work got me to where I’m successful”
Statements like this leave our mouths because we bought into the lie that our hustle is all about us. That we created something magnificent and that our own hard work to the top is the only reason we’ve succeeded. It’s not.
When God created us he was doing something only he can do. However, he invited us to be co-creators with him. You and I were made to work to bring glory to His story.
What does the bible say about working?
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
Genesis 1:28 (MSG)
At the most basic level, we are created from the very beginning to partner with God. He has gifted us with the responsibility to take care of his creation. We were made to “reflect God’s nature.” The hustle that you and I were born to do is an echo of who we indeed are. It comes from the purest of places where our soul is in union with our Creator.
We were created to work, but more importantly, we were designed to reflect the essence of God. Sometimes with our hustle, it can be hard to differentiate our desires and the desires of God.
Here are three questions to ask yourself when it comes to your work and bring glory to God.
Today, may you realize that you were created to work. To bring glory to the one who deserves glory. May your work reflect that of God and may you joyfully go to where God is calling you.
What are you hoping to achieve with your hustle? Answer below.