The Reason We Work: To Reweave Shalom

From: The Washington Times

Do you want to lead a personally fulfilling and spiritually significant life?

To be able to do so, we need to know why we were created. We need to understand what our work is to accomplish and how through that work we can better steward all that God has given us.

In order to accomplish this, we must understand the Creator’s original objective in creation, which was to bring glory to himself. We see this idea throughout the Bible. For example, Revelation 4:11 reads, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.” One of the ways we do this is by understanding how to correctly enjoy the very goodness of God’s creation, because by doing so we bring him glory.

In the opening chapter of Genesis, we find the first hint of God’s original intent for his creation. God’s purpose for creation was to be glorified. Just as a great painting reflects the glory of the master artist, God created everything for his glory, including man, the crown jewel of creation.

C.S. Lewis writes in his “Reflections on the Psalms” that “The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him.”

To be effective stewards of all that God has given us, we must achieve the owner’s original objective — to bring glory to himself. One of the ways we do this is by understanding how to enjoy the very goodness of God and his creation. …

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