The God of Work

Cuando llegó el séptimo día, Dios ya había terminado su obra de creación, y descansó de toda su labor. Dios bendijo el séptimo día y lo declaró santo, porque ése fue el día en que descansó de toda su obra de creación.Génesis 2:2-3, NTV

Immigrants are known in our country to be people who want to work.  Where the work is hardest, longest, and most dangerous, we always find immigrants.


As the first worker mentioned in the Bible, God dignifies all workers.  God understands the satisfaction that comes from seeing the fruit of one’s labor and feels the pleasure of well-earned rest.  When God sees those created in the divine image and likeness, resting after the fulfillment of their responsibilities to their families and neighbors, the eyes of God shine with pride. Workers always have a place in God’s heart.  But imagine the disappointment God feels for those who work evil.

Sometimes the pleasure of work can be diminished by the experience of having a bad boss.  But Genesis 2:15  has something to say about that: “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”  God’s position as the first one to give work to someone else reveals God to be the first employer, dignifying the status of every employer and signifying that the whole process of work can be holy.

Whether we have good or bad bosses on Earth, God ultimately stands as our employer.  Working with the desire to please God guarantees the dignity of our work.

Copyright©2013 by Joseph L. Castleberry.;

Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland Washington.  He is the author of Your Deepest Dream:  Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life and The Kingdom Net:  Learning to Network Like Jesus.  Follow him on Twitter at @DrCastleberry and at


Acerca de Joseph Castleberry

A missionary to Latin America for 20 years, I currently serve as president of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. I am the author of Your Deepest Dream (NavPress, 2012); The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus (Influence Resources, 2013), and The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America's Faith and Values.
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