When God made human beings in His image (Gen. 1:26-30), He appointed them as His coworkers in overseeing creation and gave them dominion over His works. Consider the implications of that fact: We bear God’s image. God has invested human beings with dignity and value. We matter. Who we are and what we do are
Psalm 60 reminds us of a profound truth that God is eternal and unchanging, while humanity is destined to die. Interestingly, Moses ends his song by asking God to show His own work by ensuring that His people’s work endures. His prayers essentially asked that God give meaning, significance, and purpose to His creatures’ labors.
The Bible affirms that God’s original design for work was good—even “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Only after Adam, and Eve rebelled against the Lord did work come under the Curse, making labor toilsome (Gen. 3:17-19). Yet God still wants our work to be significant and satisfying. Proverbs suggests how we can make that happen: •
A stubborn untruth in Western culture casts work as part of the Curse imposed by God to punish Adam and Eve’s sin, which would make work inherently evil. That idea is not found in Scripture. Rather, these are the biblical facts about work: God works. The fact that God Himself labors shows that work is