Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Made in the image of God… so get to work. God is King, ruler, sovereign. He creates, loves, and chooses. To be made in God’s image is to likewise have an ability and desire to wisely and lovingly be in charge of things. The difference is that our authority and glory is derived from our creator. Our creator’s authority and glory are inherent. When we are in relation to him and serve out of love and gratitude to him, work is deeply satisfying. The challenge, of course, is in the way that we live in a world that is not naturally in submission to God’s authority and glory. Then, work is different. (but that is for Tuesday).
Today, “not in spite of” but “because it is Monday” I am choosing to be grateful for work and to look for the good in it. I want to sense God’s pleasure in me, using who he made me to be, diligently serving. I do not need to justify what field I am in if I have some confidence that God has provided it. All I need is gratitude and hopefulness that I can be faithful in this day to serve him and enjoy the ‘ought-ness’ of being productive.