what the Bible says about work

And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…And God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good.
Genesis 1:28, 31

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Genesis 2:15

When we think about work in today’s world and our current place in history, we often associate it with anything but the term “good.” But what we often miss is that “work” existed before sin entered the world, and God declared that it, along with everything else he had made, was “very good.” Sin changed the picture, of course, but not completely. Work is still good — it’s just more difficult (see Genesis 3:17-19) and often frustrating — and we should view it as more than just a way to pass our time and pay our bills.

Exodus 31:1-11
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

Theological Reflections on Going Under for Nose Surgery Tomorrow


  1. I like it! Like the form as well!

    One of my favorite verses on work is…

    2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. http://read.ly/2Thess3.10.NKJV

    Work as well as everything else in life is a cause for Joy when Jesus is allowed to be Lord of it.

    • Thanks Clay!

      2 Thes. 3:10 is definitely appropriate, and my challenge on this blog is going to be NOT including all the relevant passages on each post, which should leave room for more posts later on…

  2. Excellent post. Short and to the point.