It’s Labor Day in the United States–which besides marking the unofficial end to summer is a holiday dedicated in part to honoring the achievements and contributions of American workers. It’s a holiday that acknowledges both the value of work and also the need for rest. Of course, those realities aren’t unique to America. Genesis 1-2 point us to the pattern of work and rest established by God in creation. God spoke the universe into existence, and then, when His work was finished, He rested. Having created humanity in His image, God also commands us to work, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28, ESV). Throughout Genesis 1-2, we see a vision of work that honors the Creator and leads to the flourishing of His creation, offering us an alternative vision to the hurry and drudgery that can wear us down. Being created in the image of God means that we have been created to work. We are made for a purpose by a God who has a plan for our lives, a plan for work that produces real fruit in our lives and in the world. But being created in the image of God also reminds us of the limitations of our work. We can make a difference in the lives of others and in the world, but we also require rest, in which we trust that the God who spoke all things into existence is able to hold it all together.
So, today, let’s take a moment to think about the work that we do. Whether it’s your job, your business, your service to your community or to the church, why do you do what you do? Take time to remember how your work honors the Creator and leads to the flourishing of His creation. And then, let’s take a moment (as those created in the image of the God who rested) to rest.
Beginning this week, our daily devotionals will be following the F260 Reading Plan from Replicate Ministries, which you can download below. The plan includes weekly memory verses. We invite you to join us each week as we hide God’s word in our hearts, beginning with this week’s verse:
So God created man in his own image,Genesis 1:27, ESV
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.