Who You Are is Foundational to What You Do

This week’s message works off the introduction to the series from last week and focused on God’s original design for work. Work as the Bible defines it comes from Genesis 2:15 — God placed the man in the garden to work it and keep it. There is a dignity to the work Adam was given to do, a holiness that was to be a part of his life in rhythm with the Lord.

Two shifts that may be needed:

1. A proper understanding of the nature of work
2. A right posture toward that work


Vocation — Vocare — to call – “Calling”

A job is a vocation only if someone else calls you to do it and you do it for them rather than for yourself.

Our work can be a calling only if it is reimagined as a mission of service to something beyond our own interests.

Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor

Genesis 2:15. -God called and placed the man in the garden to work it and keep it.

We find ourselves in one of two camps:
1. We love our jobs (temptation to find identity in what we do)
2. Can’t stand what our jobs (can’t wait to be beyond our jobs)

1 Corinthians 10:31 — whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

  • Not for me.
  • Not for man.
  • Only for God

Can My work really be Holy?
Genesis 2:15 — work (Hebrew: abad) and keep (Hebrew: shamar) it
Numbers 3:7 — keep guard (abad) over congregation, minister (shamar) at the tabernacle

The job description for both gardener and priest according to Moses: work, guard, protect, minister to the world around you.

At its core, work, vocation/calling, is more about the heart of the man doing the work than it is about the job description

Work then, is a holy undertaking → our identity being fleshed out in meetings, emails, conversations with co-workers and the competition — to the glory of God’s name.

Work is where the rest we begin our week with propels us into a world that is need of being ministered to and loved by the God who created us (the one we represent as his children).