Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week as we started a new series reflecting on work.
The story of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (in Genesis 3) ends with them being banished from the garden. But just prior to that God speaks some words to Adam about the effect his rebellion has had on the work he was given to do.
Now the purpose of these words is not to tell us that God is vindictive, deliberately making life difficult for Adam and Eve because they ate the fruit they were told not to touch. Rather it is to introduce the idea that our relationship with the rest of God’s creation, and particularly our work within the created world, will be difficult and frustrating.
Sin quite simply spoils everything.
But it doesn’t undermine the initial goodness of the gift, nor does it mean that work will only ever be difficult and frustrating, that we won’t be able to take pleasure in work, or find work to be a source of blessing for ourselves and for others. Work is still a gift of God intended as a blessing for us and for others.
[Reflecting on Genesis 1.24-2.4 and Genesis 3.1-6, 17-19 and verse 23]