Beyond the Weekend

April 30 | Rethinking Work

April 30, 2019


The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15

Read: Genesis 2:15

Listen: Genesis 2


Work has been a part of human existence from the creation of the first man. The first thing God did after creating Adam as his image-bearer was to place him in the Garden to take care of it. But sometime later, as a result of Adam’s disobedience, sin enters the world and damages everything. It significantly damaged work and how we view it.

Sin has damaged work in more ways than we probably realize. Sometimes we draw our core identity from what we do instead of from our identity in Christ. We might use work as a punishment as we raise our children, view retirement as a time when we can stop working entirely or ascribe honor only to those jobs done by the smartest, wealthiest or most athletic people in society. All of these actions distort the view of work as God designed it.

We need to rethink some things about work. Things like the degree to which we draw our identity from, how we present and model work to our children, our retirement, and how we honor the work done by everyone who serves us.


Plan how you can honor someone who serves you today. If your day involves a visit to a local restaurant, plan now to tip your server at a higher amount than you usually would. While a tip is (at least partially) a response to the service you received, it can be more than that. It can also be a recognition of the value of the person who is serving you in an (often) challenging environment. Honor God by honoring them.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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