Our series this week is called BLUEPRINT: The Plan of God for Man in the Garden.
The world has it’s own definition of how a man should be.
Like for example…the Marlboro Man…a real man should smoke or something…
James Bond…must be skilled in fighting
Superman…must be a Superhero
What man doesn’t want to be known for? Lazy, Mediocre or a workaholic among others.
What is a real man survey? Some says…real men don’t ask for directions on the road..its why they easily get lost lol, or real men doesn’t drink water when eating something spicy and bear it…
People has a lot of ideas about how man should be. But what did man’s creator created man to be? What is God’s real intended design?
Let’s see what Genesis 2:2-3 has to say…
By the seventh day God had finished the work
Yes, God does work. Because God himself does it, it means work is good.
On V.8 God planted…
in verse 7 it says..Then the LORD God formed a man
God formed man…Formed means Yatsar-to shape or to mold. God created! He worked.
in Verse 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
He designed the garden of Eden for man to work it…remember the
2 Reasons why God put Adam in the garden
- To work it
- To take care of it
In the work that we do, are we really working it? are we taking care of what God has given us? God created Adam first…only Man and God to fellowship with…but God is awesome he created Eve from Adam’s rib to be a helpmate. What matters most first is our relationship with Him then our spouse, our loved ones, possessions he has entrusted to care for. We must work it…we must take care of it! God must be a partner in everything he has given us.
We can’t emphasize enough that Man was designed to partner with God in work. He wanted us to have fellowship with him, to be in the business of taking care of his creation, it includes taking care of yourself, work out…taking care of your spouse, she was created from you…taking care of your assets..land and properties God has given you to use for his glory not just pleasure.
Only God can create something out of nothing. He made us sub-creators, because we are created in God’s image, we have that nature to work and create.
Adam means Mankind
Ha-Adam means The Man
Ha-Adamah means The Ground from which he was taken from – you see the connection of man and the soil. We were created from dust and to dust we shall return.
But when Adam and Eve disobeyed. Things changed, they had to work to eat
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
So today, some of us look at work as just something to do. We tell ourselves, I will keep this work to make enough money and do what I really want to do. But you see, God designed work to be joyful and a blessing.
God promised to bless the work of our hands..not the hands..but the works of it.
How do we measure the value of our work? Is it according to your pay? The status it gives you? The recognition you receive from it? We must value it because God designed work.
Hierarchy of work? Remember Jesus was a carpenter. It doesn’t matter how you think significant or insignificant your work is. All work matters, when you work to glorify God.
- SIN Severed the partnership with God. When our partnership with God was cut when we disobeyed, we lost the real reason to work which was to enjoy fellowship with God as we do it. Work now became a place to find one’s identity and meaning of life. The real value of work is supposed to be doing it in relation to being with God. Work became an Idol, it became a curse. Today’s effect of work to people is restlessness…We must always impress the boss and strive so hard we even need to work on a Sunday, even if God himself rested from all his work on the seventh day. We deal with restlessness by going to the malls,buying more DVD’s to watch, more gaming, more FB.
In a biography of Madonna done by Mary Cross…Madonna says she has an Iron will to do and succeed..but the end of it there is still mediocrity…that it’s uninteresting.
People get bound to the threadmill of performance…why? Because we lost our partnership with God.
- JESUS redeemed the work through the cross. We got free from the need for affirmation. Our value – is life in and with Jesus
- Jesus gives us freedom from restlessness. We are secured in the heavenlies. He frees us from the need to save ourselves, he did it all on the Cross.
Free your self from the cycle of needing to be significant by your own works. Accept Jesus in your life today, he worked it all for you. If you Want to accept Jesus Christ and find meaning in what you do? Please pray with us.
Find joy in what you do, by restoring your partnership with God in all you do.
The above are notes from church preaching by Ptr. Dan Harder at Victory Quezon City, with some of the thoughts I had as I listened. We invite you to come visit us at GT Toyota at UP Diliman, we have services all through out the day on Sundays, and we met all across the city on middle of the week for small group bible lessons.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite