By David Peel
“Work” is not a four-letter word. Well, it is, actually… but not in the obscene sense at least. Work was in the original paradisal Garden.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15 NIV. We can reflect Christ in how we even THINK about work. Understand that “Toil” is a rough-hewn, word wrapped in barbed wire. This is part of the curse. But, “Work,” itself, is not. Work calls for purpose. It strives for meaning. It speaks of creativity.
In this, we see how we are made in the image of God. Since God is invisible, His image is shown in us in traits we share with God.
We are seldom more like the Creator than when we create.
We see it when a gardener aligns a grapevine to wrap itself artfully along a forked branch she handpicked for just such a purpose.
Paintings, poetry, music, dance, sculpture are areas reserved for divinely created image-bearers.
We can reflect Christ in how we PERFORM your work. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” – Col. 3:23 NIV. It is not what you do, but how you do it, that matters.
We reflect Christ in our conduct and how we TREAT others. “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” – Psalm 112:5 NIV. Racism should never be a part of a believer’s life. The amount of melanin in one’s epidermis has no impact on being God’s image-bearer.
We reflect Christ in how we create our ENVIRONMENT. In my law office, you will hear Christian talk radio.
Art depicting Christian themes and verses are on many walls, along with tracts free for the taking.
Our hold music is uplifting music with a message, and much of the reading material is by great men like Dr. Adrian Rogers. Witnessing opportunities increase markedly with such measures.
We reflect Christ in our SPEECH. While we are the salt of the world, our speech is to be seasoned with salt.
While we are never entirely the picture of Christ that we would like to be, we can work, think, treat others, create environments, and speak in His goodness and perfect will.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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