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February 07, 2007

Chapter-a-Day Genesis 2

God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work... Genesis 2:15a (TM)

I get a kick out of people who picture eternity as ever-lasting retirement - floating around on clouds and doing nothing but eating, sleeping and playing our harps. The reality is that God is a worker. He spent six days working before He rested. Then He creates man to work the garden. Work - being productive - is part of our Christlikeness. The difference is that after sin - after Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit - the consequence for man is an awful marring of the original design. Productive, efficient, balanced work becomes painful toil (3:17-18).

Work, action, production & rest are part of God's nature - and a part of ours. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.

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Brett

Man, I could not agree more with your point here. Think of when we are all currently the happiest, genuinely. It's when we accomplish something, when we face a challenge, when we feel and know our purpose.

Why would that go away in perfection? If we are currently only looking in a mirror dimly, how much more rewarding will our work be in Heaven, and how much more joy will we feel when our purpose is so clearly set before us.

Thanks for the great post.

Tom Vander Well

Thanks for stopping by, Brett. It's nice to know that someone is reading - it's even nicer to know someone appreciates the post :)

I think what is interesting is contemplating the difference between work "in perfection" (as you aptly put it) and the toil we associate with the word "work" on this side of eternity. Thanks for prompting my thinking even further!!

Mark True

Tom:

I like to think of eternity as working on my painting and drawing, and playing a little bit of soccer...only doing it well...to glorify God.
-Mark

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