Work stinks, right? I mean, the honest truth is that the things we do to earn our keep in the world just aren’t always that great, fun or fulfilling. We work too much, we don’t make enough or we have lousy bosses. We work ourselves to death to buy stuff we don’t actually need, get promotions we cannot deal with and even to “keep up with the Jones.” Oftentimes it seems almost as if our work were…..cursed.
It is cursed, of course. We all know this happened back in Genesis Chapter 3 when God ejected Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and told them just what their labors and toil would be like for the remainder of their days.
Genesis 3:17-19 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
It wasn’t meant to be that way, and it will not be that way forever. As with an earlier post, I am not interested in and eschatological debate; I speak of this within the context of what I believe the Bible teaches. Isaiah wrote a great deal, more than any other writer, of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus on the Earth someday.
During this 1000 year reign of our Lord on the Earth, we will still work. God’s Word never really spells out just what everybody will be doing, but it is clear we will have duties, or work. This will be labor the way God intended it before we messed it all up. We will see the direct fruits and physical reward of our labor, and it will no longer be in vain.
Some days, that sounds so very good.
An extra thought
Work is good, and honorable in the sight of God; It will not, however, get you to Heaven