Beyond the Weekend

May 6 | Work in a Broken World

May 6, 2019


To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you;” Genesis 3:17

Read: Genesis 3:17-23

Listen: Genesis 3


Sometimes we finish a job and can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. We exhale and soak it in for a minute. One reason for this moment of satisfaction is that God created us to enjoy work. The opening chapters of the Bible show us that we represent our Creator because through our work, we create “order out of chaos.”

Sometimes the chaos doesn’t want to be ordered. For every job we look back on with pride and accomplishment, we find moments of pain, frustration, and emptiness. Maybe you are a student feeling the satisfaction of another semester completed. But that satisfaction was nowhere to be found last week as you studied for finals. Perhaps as a parent, you remember with pride that milestone your child reached not so long ago. But today is another story as they frequently test your patience.

Sin has messed with work. In Genesis 3, we read that the sin of Adam and Eve resulted in some profound consequences on our world and our work. With Genesis 3 as our guide this week, we will look at three realities of work in a broken world and God’s response so we can consider how to bring our best to the work God has called us to.


As we look at work this week, begin by finding a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. Then spend a few minutes in prayer with your hands out and palms up. Ask God to help you this week to learn to find satisfaction in your work even though it can be painful, frustrating and empty.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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