Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Human Participation in God's Work
‘In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabita (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.’ V.36 (NIV 1973)
The true understanding of work of human as participation in God's creation is present in the great monotheistic religions of the world. However, in Christianity it is strikingly illustrated by the life of Christ. Human work is thus understood as man's cooperation in completing the act of God’s work, which is the creation, as an act of submission to His Will, and as a lively expression of the petition ‘give us this day our daily bread.’
Human were not only created by God, but they were also created in his image (Gen. 1:27). However, unlike the other creatures, God gave a special commission to men and women. “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth....See I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seen bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.” (Gen 1:28-31)
God entrusted to human beings His whole creation, and it became the responsibility of men and women, by their activities and work to build upon what God had begun by His creation. Our work today is a continuation of what began by God. God has created, he has entrusted to us that creation, and by our work, we either build up his creation, or we subvert it by our greed, laziness or exploitation.
The faithful believers must learn the deepest meaning and the value of all of God’s work, especially the creation, and its orientation to the glory of God. Even by our secular activity we must assist one another to live holier lives as God lived a life of full holiness. In this way the world will be permeated by the spirit of Christ and more effectively achieve its purpose in justice, charity and peace.
Peter has done by participating in God’s work by making Tabitha alive after she is dead. He perfected God’s creation by making her a witness to the rest of the people to do good works and lend a helping hand to the poor. God’s participation is to make the world a just one where all can live with dignity and respect. The act of Peter made so many to believe in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Let our participation in God’s work may bring others to His presence and salvation.
Prayer: Lord grand us the ability and desire to participate in your work and fulfill your ministry in this world. Amen.
Thought for the day: Creation is expected to perfect the work of the Creator.
Lal Varghese, Esq., Dallas