Hands to work

”The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people” (Titus 3:8).

As we are born (again) into God’s family our hands receive a new functionality: hands to work.

The story of our working hands starts with God.

The Bible teaches us that God is always busy. We know this from His own Son, “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17).

God was at work before the beginning (as we know it) “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old…” (Proverbs 8:22). Wisdom was among God’s first works.

Here is an interesting fact: The majority of the things created in the begin-ning were the result of God’s word, “God said…” (Gen.1:v.6, v.9, v.14).

But the garden was planted! ”And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed” (Genesis 2:8).

So the garden was there now, but who is going to work it? Well, Adam and Eve.[Adam doing the hard work; and Eve making the coffee, tea…and cake]

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (v.15). And God made a helper “fit for him” (v.18).

That is the story of our hands made to work.

Work wasn’t a curse, but an activity that took energy and time to produce what was necessary to live, …be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and take care of it.

Being in Christ – a new creation – we have a godly understanding of work and the way we are encouraged to use our hands to earn our living and do good works. “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalms 90:17