Dress It And To Keep It…
When most of us awaken Monday mornings we prepare to go off to work. This would mean a variety of different skills, task and actions. A person could be a fireman, waiter, a teacher, a plumber, musician, electrician, pilot, whatever form your professional life takes it is something that was chosen for a reason. Could be something to fill the time. Could be something that makes your heart sing. Could be something that one believes has to be done in order to put food on the table even though the very thought of going to the place where the tasks are performed begins to darken ones heart.
What if we approached our work as though it were worship? As though it is in service to the Lord? What kind of impact would that have on our psyche and our heart? What if our thought was – God placed me in this position to serve Him. How would that change our perception of the work we do?
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. ~ Genesis 2:15 KJB
If we “dress it and keep it” then we are showing great care for what we are doing. We are not simply building another widget, cleaning out another drain pipe or flying to the next city. We are, in fact, in a state of worship. We are, in fact, serving God, as God would be first in our thoughts. We would be caring for His children – in whatever form of work we are doing. If we “dress it” (which is another way of saying work) with the thought of serving God our work will reach a whole other level that had not been considered before. If we “dress it” and “keep it” (Another way of saying cleaning, straightening making even more beautiful) then we are not only caring for God’s children we are also showing praise and honor to the Glory of God. We have officially stopped working and started worshiping. What kind of impact would that have on the task we perform to produce an income?
Being mindful of God, and God’s will, our focus must be sharp, clear and centered. It would be quiet easy for the devil to slip in and commit an assault on our worship to darken our thoughts and harden our heart. We would need to remain in a posture of worship when moving from task to task, which would be the most likely point of attack.
“See I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. ~ Deuteronomy 30:15-18 NKJB
When we lose focus, stray from serving God, serving His children and no longer in a state of worship things can turn sour very quickly. When this happens we get back on track and focus our attention to God and God’s will and move forward in harmony with God.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.