So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
// Genesis 1:27
Work is a very good thing. Rest is a very good thing. Idleness is not a good thing.
Human beings were created by the Creator, in His image or likeness. So in essence, we were created ‘creative’. I find it strange when people say, “she's so creative” or “he's such a creative”. To be ‘creative’ simply means to create.
By definition, to create is ‘to bring something into existence’. Work is all about creating, and as human beings we were born to be creative. Business people are creative, artists are creative, athletes are creative, property developers are creative, teachers are creative, pastors are creative, parents are creative, and the list goes on. The desire to leave our mark on the world lives innately within us, because God put it there.
In 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul reminds the Church in Thessalonica about the importance of ‘work’. Paul is not one to skip over the truth in order to make people feel okay about themselves. He loves the church too much to not speak truth!
He writes in verses 10-13: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”
I want to encourage you today, that whatever season you are in, God has placed a desire within you to ‘bring something into existence’, to work, to create. If you are a parent, you are ‘bringing into existence’ and raising beautiful children, who will then go on to make their mark on the world. What a noble job. If you’re abusiness person, you are ‘bringing into existence’ finance, jobs, products, experiences – how incredible.
Proverbs 14:23 [ESV] says, “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.” And Proverbs 16:3 [ESV] says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
Go out and bring something into existence today, while committing it to The Lord. The world won't be the same without your contribution!
// Georgie Kelsey