Genesis 1 and… WORK!

I was reading Genesis 1 the other day.  No, not those verses that we debate so much.  Those verses at the end that we seldom debate but often forget.

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.  And let them have dominion over the fish of the seas and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”  – Genesis 1:26

Here in the Creation narrative, whatever we make of the methods and timetables, we must acknowledge that God is a planner, designer, and a WORKER.  In fact, God calls what He does “work” and calls that work “good.”  His work has intrinsic value.  And the pinnacle of that work was creating man and woman in His image.  Since God is a worker, we would expect that those created in His image are also workers, and our work is good.

While our work is not Creating the Creation, it is clearly given to us: we are to “have dominion” over Creation.  As God’s representatives, human beings are to rule over every living thing on the earth.  These commands are not, however, a call to exploit the earth and its creatures to satisfy our own greed or desires, but to manage, care and use it wisely with the same sense of responsibility and care that God had in creating.  For many of us in the sciences, our work may directly correlate to this calling.

We are at the forefront of this very good work.  Each day we show up to work we play a very direct part in this and we should keep our eyes on God’s call and be encouraged.  I am glad that God mentions “the fish of the seas” specifically, but whatever your work, look to the Creator and join Him in your work today.


Take It With You:

  • What is your understanding of Genesis 1:26?
  • Read Genesis 1:27.  Note that God’s next step after saying it is doing it.  Is there a task, a plan or a vision you have been talking about for awhile that God is calling you to actually carry out?
  • How does the truth that God invites you to a special work encourage you in the midst of today’s to do list?

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