Genesis 2:4-25

One of the things I’ve rediscovered over recent months is the simple joy of cooking a good meal. Food just seems to taste better when you’re the one to prepare it. Maybe it’s seeing and smelling the ingredients come together. Or maybe the work of preparation just makes me hungry. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but whatever the case, it’s just better. And in the summer months when the garden has been planted and worked and the harvest of tomatoes and squash come fresh from the garden to the kitchen to the table, it’s even better!

I’m not certain of all the reasons that is the case, but I am pretty sure it has something to do with Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” There is something sacred about work that bears fruit, both literally and figuratively speaking. You may not enjoy cooking or gardening, or as is often the case for me, you may not have the time. Still, because work that bears fruit is part of God’s good creation, we can all relate to the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of our labor and knowing that our work has produced something good.

God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it, and in the same way, He has a created you to do work that bears fruit. Where has He placed you, and what has He given you to do today? Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Ask the Lord to help you find joy in the work that He has called you to do today–from those tasks that might seem insignificantly small to those that seem overwhelmingly huge. Unlike cooking, every task we do doesn’t produce immediately visible results, but it’s always satisfying to do what God has created us to do.

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