14 day plan

Our Work as Worship

Day 8 of 14


Genesis 2:1

1And so the whole universe was completed.

Reflection:  Resting from our work. We are made in the image of a God who works, and we are made in the image of a God who rests.  For some of us, it is difficult to rest. We can see all that needs to be done, and we want to be the ones to do it.  However, rest is an act of obedience. It is something we are commanded to do (Exodus 20:8–11), and it is something for our own good (Mark 2:27).  It reminds us that God is in control.  It reminds us that our minds and bodies are
fragile.  It allows us to reflect on our work, and see the goodness in it.  It allows us to commit all our work to God in worship.  There is something else we learn as we reflect on the Genesis story. Human beings were created on the sixth day, all of creation rested on the seventh day, and human beings started to work with God on the next day.  So we also rest, so that we can be effective in our working.

Questions:  How can you ensure you observe good patterns of resting from your work: remembering to submit to God, to care for your body, to reflect, to worship and to prepare for work?

Prayer: To the God in whom we can find our true rest, Forgive us for the way we wrestle control away from you by working too hard,
forgetting to rest, or neglecting to worship you.  Help us to learn how to rest well, so that we can be more effective in our working for you.  Amen.

We’re reading the Bible until June 2nd with Kara Martin, author of Workship: How to use your work to worship God.

Genesis 2:1-25

1And so the whole universe was completed. 2 By the seventh day God finished what he had been doing and stopped working. 3He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day, because by that day he had completed his creation and stopped working. 4And that is how the universe was created.

The Garden of Eden

When the Lord God made the universe, 5there were no plants on the earth and no seeds had sprouted, because he had not sent any rain, and there was no one to cultivate the land; 6but water would come up from beneath the surface and water the ground.

7 Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.

8Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the East, and there he put the man he had formed. 9 He made all kinds of beautiful trees grow there and produce good fruit. In the middle of the garden stood the tree that gives life and the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.

10A stream flowed in Eden and watered the garden; beyond Eden it divided into four rivers. 11The first river is the Pishon; it flows around the country of Havilah. ( 12Pure gold is found there and also rare perfume and precious stones.) 13The second river is the Gihon; it flows around the country of Cush. 14The third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria, and the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15Then the Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it. 16He told him, “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, 17except the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad. You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day.”

18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.” 19So he took some soil from the ground and formed all the animals and all the birds. Then he brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and that is how they all got their names. 20So the man named all the birds and all the animals; but not one of them was a suitable companion to help him.

21Then the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the flesh. 22He formed a woman out of the rib and brought her to him. 23Then the man said,

“At last, here is one of my own kind—

Bone taken from my bone, and flesh from my flesh.

‘Woman’ is her name because she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.

25The man and the woman were both naked, but they were not embarrassed.