Words about verses: Genesis 2:8, 15


And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed (…) The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. – Genesis 2:8, 15

Christians often see work as a means to evangelize. While that notion is certainly sustainable with Scripture, it is noteworthy that work existed before the need to evangelize. In Eden, Adam tended the Garden when it was just him and God. No one there to evangelize. Just an image-bearer fulfilling his purpose of tending creation. As God had just worked and created all things, so Adam was to work and help sustain creation. Work in and of itself is something godly and holy. The New Testament confirms this with the many appeals to work “unto the Lord.” Your vacation is part of being an image-bearer.


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