Why is our work significant to God?
Let’s begin with at the beginning with God’s own work of creation.
So here’s a question? Why doesn’t God create Adam on Day One?
Because if God had created Adam on Day One, it would have been dark and there would have been nowhere for him to stand.
God is love, so everything God does is an expression of that love. God doesn’t plonk Adam down in the middle of a sweltering, arid desert, or on top of a windswept Himalayan mountain, or on an iceberg floating nonchalantly in the North Atlantic; God puts Adam in the garden of Eden, in a fertile garden of delight, as Eden means in Hebrew. Eden is not only beautiful, but comes complete with clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, delicious, nutritious food to eat, animals to look after, and God’s presence to enjoy in the cool of the evening.
What has God done? God, like a parent preparing a room for their first baby, has created a perfect environment for Adam. God has created a perfect environment for human flourishing. And one of the ways they will continue to flourish is by working, to release the garden’s potential. Eden was perfect but it was not mature. There was work to be done. And work is an instrument God uses to get things done that He wants done.
God is still concerned to create a context for human flourishing. Eden was perfect. And there was work to be done. Our world is far from perfect, and there is still work to be done. Our work is meant to contribute to creating a context for human flourishing.