life in the garden

Working in the Garden.JPGWhat do you think of when you think about the Garden of Eden? Warm days and balmy nights? Unparalleled beauty? Relationship without conflict? Utopia, however you define it?

Did the word “responsibility” come to mind? You might wonder why I would ask something like that. Well, consider Genesis 2:15: “The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.”

From the beginning God’s plan for us was to be his image bearers. We are to be like him. Among many other things, God is a creator and a producer. We, as God’s image bearers, are to have an impact, for good, on every situation we find ourselves in. Every place we go, every relationship we are involved in, and every person we meet should be better off as a result of our influence. That is the job God has given to us – “to tend and care for” his creation. That includes all of his creation (i.e. natural resources as well as people).

I know what you are thinking: “Oh great! Just what I need, another job and someone else to be responsible for!” But before you get yourself too worked up, let me explain how this is not only possible, but fulfilling as well.

God designed you with a purpose. Paul wrote, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10) Did you notice what he said? You are a masterpiece, designed by God, created to accomplish his purpose for your life.

It doesn’t end there. Paul also tells us, “God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” (Romans 12:6) Not only has God created us with a purpose in mind, he has also equipped us to fulfill that purpose. There is no greater joy and fulfillment in life than to figure out what God has called you to do, develop that ability, and then just do it!


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