Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Creative Work of God in Christ

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. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Excerpt from “Working for God” – 2011-09-04
However you and I might feel about the concept of work, the reality is that God Himself created the idea of work. In the very first verse of the Bible, we read: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). God began everything by going to work. It was a creative work, but it was work nonetheless; Genesis 2:2-3: "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." And even though God rested from His original created work, He continues to work even today. Philippians 2:12-13 calls us to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." Take some time and read the entirety of Psalm 104, which praises God as our Supreme Creator and celebrates of His continuing work of grace in the world and in our lives.

Jesus, while he walked this earth, worked also. He was a common, ordinary man who was born in a stable, worked as a carpenter, and preached from a fishing boat. He grew tired; he became hungry; he ate and drank and walked with common, ordinary men and women. He died a death as we all will die a death; and because he rose from the dead, he is still at work in the world and within our hearts. In John 5:17 Jesus said: “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” Since the resurrection, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit now works on behalf of the Father and the Son within us, as Titus 3:5 tells us that "he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit." In surrendering one’s life to God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that creative work of God it to continue on in our lives; Ephesians 2:10 tells us “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”