Friday, October 30, 2009

Quote of the Week

"Work in the Bible begins with God's work of creation. This creative work is obviously not toil. It is more like the exuberance of an artist. It is joyous, self-expressive and energetic, unencumbered by the need to overcome obstacles or wrestle the physical elements into a finished product."


Jimmy said...

So, does Leland think this is what work in heaven will be like?

Every Square Inch said...

Jimmy - don't know what Leland Ryken thinks but this was in the context of describing God's view of work.

Ted M. Gossard said...

I do think we can experience something of that now in the works God has for us in Jesus. I like the way John Wimber put it (though philosophically it may have some problems, it hits the nail on the head for me), "naturally supernatural." It is a part of who we are, or simply what we do, an expression of us.

In the new heaven and new earth which I take as the final state, this will certainly be perfected and a large part of our existence there, from what little we can gather from Scripture.

I'd have to add that toil and doing God's work in our weakness just seems inherent in this existence. What we do may be an expression of who we are, but what we are now are people in process and sometimes struggling with a faith that is assailed with living in an existence of the world, the flesh and the devil.

Every Square Inch said...

Ted - thanks. I think you've said some very helpful things here