Friday, July 22, 2016

Responsibility and Requirement

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 2:15-17, NKJV

Responsibility and Requirement

Creation is done! God, placing Adam in the Garden of Eden gave him a responsibility and a requirement. 

Adam had a purpose in life, just as we, too, have a God-given purpose in life. God placed Adam in the beautiful garden He had made and gave him the responsibility to tend and keep the garden. 

What is there about work that seems so abhorrent to us? I can think of nothing that we tend to complain about more than the work we have been given to do. How many of our years of work do we spend dreaming of the day we can retire, sit in our rocking chairs, and watch the world go by? As Christians is that an attitude that honors God?

Truthfully, though all of us may tend to have a "lazy" streak, work is actually quite rewarding and enjoyable. No job is perfect, but no honorable job is too menial. Adam's job was to tend and keep the garden that God had created. After sin, that job became more toilsome. Not only was Adam removed from the beautiful garden, but thorns, weeds, and disease fought his efforts to succeed. The work God has given us to do may also be filled with troubles and difficulties, but let us pray that we would find enjoyment in the work we have to do.

Even retirees work! That came as a surprise to me, but a life lift with no work is actually a purposeless life. Our work may not be as demanding, but it is good to find tasks to do that give us a great sense of purpose. Our work may be physical, or our work may be that of uplifting others in prayer. If we find ourselves with more free time, let us seek to find ways to use that time for God's glory.

Getting back to Genesis 2, Adam was also given a requirement. God said, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

The requirement was straightforward, but not easy to obey. When we have small children we find that, even from a very young age, they tend to want to do the things they are told not to do. God not only told Adam what not to do, but God told him what would happen if he disobeyed.

What would have happened if Adam had obeyed God? If man had never sinned, man would have lived forever in this perfect world that God had created. Yet, we know that Adam and Eve did sin.

What has been the result? First, we do not live forever. All people die. Yet, there was more that came as a result of this sin. All of God's creation was now affected. Plants, animals, fish, birds--all creatures--die! All of creation struggles to live. Disease, pestilence, weather anomalies--all of these happen to all living plants and creatures. 

I cannot imagine what life must have been like for Adam and Eve after the fall. After all, they had lived in God's perfect world, and after the fall, they clearly saw the effects of their sin. Did they live with no hope? No!

As we will see when we continue through the book of Genesis, God promised a Redeemer to Adam and Eve. Christ, our Redeemer, has come to save all those who come to Him, from Adam even to the end of the world.

We, too, have a responsibility and a requirement. Just as in the case of Adam and Eve, all of us must go to the Lord Jesus Christ for life. In Him, our eternal life with God is restored. Also, in Him, we find new joy and purpose for living.

Go, then, this day to the Lord Jesus Christ. Seek His help and His salvation. Just as Adam and Eve, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, but Christ has redeemed His people from the law of sin and death.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,


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