Thank you for the highly encouraging feedback on the first Let Us Build!
I have been thinking about the fact that most of us spend a significant amount of time in our places of work. It is through our work as lawyers, teachers, policemen, shopkeepers, doctors, traders, contractors, bankers, managers, technicians (and many other jobs), that we make some of our greatest contributions to building the city of Dar. Over the next few weeks I would like to spend some time talking about how we can be more fruitful in this essential part of our lives called work.
Today I want to answer the question: where does work come from? This is an important matter because origin sheds light and gives context. For example, we gain insight about ourselves when we take time to examine the families and cultures into which we were born. Likewise, Tanzania’s steps towards a private sector led economy must be seen in the historical context of the previous unsuccessful government dominated economic system. Therefore, our understanding of work will be strengthened by obtaining greater clarity on its origin.
The Bible tells us that work originated with God. We encounter God for the first time in the Book of Genesis while he is working to create the universe. The very first verse of Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The pinnacle of his creation was man, whom he created male and female in his image. To be made in the image of God means that humans are like God. Think of that for a moment! I will say more on being created in God’s image in the weeks ahead. For today, it suffices to say that one of the ways that humans are like God is that we work. Genesis 2:15 says “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
We need to appreciate that work is not a human idea. It is a God idea. This should give us a very high view of work! It should give us hope that we are involved in something of great substance. Next time you feel your work in this city is insignificant, remember that work was designed by the creator of the universe. The contribution you make towards building Dar through your work originated from the greatest worker, God himself.
Last week we met Nehemiah who was called by God to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, the city of his forefathers. After weeping, Nehemiah prayed. His prayer was an acknowledgement that God was at the centre of the work he was about to embark on. As we tackle the work that is ahead of us this week, let us take time to reflect on the fact that God is the source of work. I trust this will be a step towards greater fruitfulness in our work.