Genesis 2:1–3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So, God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Genesis 2:5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,
Genesis 2:15 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
We all want our lives to count for something.
· God at work
· God evaluated His work.
· God rested.
· God did not rest before He worked.
· God did not rest until He evaluated His work.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Paul says: God works in you.
Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
· God assigned man a project [Gen. 2.:15]
· God assigned Adam a helper. [Gen. 2: 18]
· God assigned the first task.
· Work came before sin.
· Work is not a result of sin.
· Work came before wife.
A man must provide for his wife and family before he can move seriously into a relationship.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Proverbs 6:10–11 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
2 Thessalonians 3:10–11 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
A man ought to provide for his family.
Colossians 3:22–24 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
· Work with a high ethical standard
· Whatever you do, do it as unto God.
· Be diligent.
· Have a great attitude.
Paul sets an example for all of us.
2 Thessalonians 3:8 "nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you."
Matt. 25: 14-30
What are you doing with what God has given you?
Ask him “Lord, what will you have me to do?”