Have you ever looked at the systems or processes at your workplace and shook your head? Have you ever watched people make decisions that protect their own interests? Have you ever been frustrated with work not going the way you want it to?
If somebody was to sit down with you and ask you to list three problems with your workplace, how long would you have to think before you could answer the question? When you have these conversations you run the risk of doubting God’s word even as Adam and Eve did.
Can God resolve these problems?
Will God fix them the way we want them fixed?
Until that point in time every aspect of work was enjoyable. Adam got up every morning and together with Eve they performed the work God called them to do.
Suddenly a workplace disaster of cosmic proportions occurred. Satan commissioned Pride, disguised as a serpent, to interrupt Adam and Eve in their work. Satan’s words were enticing … “You will be like God”. Pride’s twin sister Shame, lurking in the shadows, watched with glee as Adam and Eve put aside their work, doubted God’s word, and succumbed to temptation. Sin had entered into God’s perfect creation.
Everything changed in that moment. Yet at that moment nobody stopped breathing. At that moment the earth didn’t stop turning or orbiting the sun. But the consequences of sin, of not trusting God, started to ripple throughout the world.
Work … Ravaged by Sin
From that moment forward all work was hampered by pain, thorns and thistles. Work was marred by frustration, lack of fulfillment and fruitlessness.
Apart from God, work became a means to find identity and self-worth. Unity and love was replaced with deceit, blame, manipulation, comparison, competition, disunity and strife. Work and God’s creation became a means to satisfying personal desires, controlling one’s destiny and accumulating power.
Could anything be done to remediate this catastrophic, cataclysmic event?
This wasn’t a situation beyond redemption! God’s didn’t pull out a contingency plan of the files to try and mitigate the damage. God didn’t invoke the angelic emergency response team. God in His sovereignty remained completely in control.
God in his grace gave Adam and Eve the privilege to continue to be participants in his story. God in his grace, continued to allow His creation to be fruitful and multiply, although it would be painful. God in his grace, continued to offer provision for the physical needs for existence, although thorns and thistles wouldn’t make this easy. We see God in his grace offer provision for the emotional needs for survival as He clothes Adam and Eve covering their shame and nakedness.
God in his grace offers provision for the spiritual needs for survival through the death and resurrection of his son, Jesus. God in his grace offers in his perfect timing, hope for a future workplace in a new heaven and a new earth untainted by sin. God in his grace offers a path to unity with God and unity with other people.
God in his grace allows each person to accept or reject his grace.
This isn’t the storyline that Adam and Eve expected. This isn’t the storyline that anybody anticipated. This is God’s story!
The Story Continues
This story of grace is a story of redemption that continues to be played out today. This is a story that the angels watch with baited breath (1 Peter 1:10-12; 1 Tim 3:16).
This story of grace, this story of redemption continues in our workplaces today.
Your workplace is part of God’s story. God in his righteousness and grace is weaving your workplace into His story. Since you aren’t the author of the story of your workplace, this story won’t unfold the way you expect, but it will unfold in accordance with God’s grace.
If God can take the worst cataclysmic event in history and by his grace turn it into a story of redemption, what could God do in your workplace?