Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., kicked off a six-week sermon series on the topic of "Doing Business With God" over the weekend, and explained that, contrary to popular belief, Adam and Eve worked in the Garden of Eden and people will work in heaven as well.
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"Some people actually think that work is punishment from God. It is not ... because there was work for Adam and Eve to do in paradise," said Warren.
He continued, "The Fall, the cause of sin, actually just made work more difficult ... but work in and of itself is a blessing, and it's part of what it means to be a human being. Even in paradise, even in the Garden of Eden, God had work for people to do. You weren't put on this earth just to do nothing...God has a plan, a life mission, a life work for you to do."
The work that will be done in heaven, he says, will not be demanding or demeaning - there will be no more "bad bosses" or "unsolvable problems" - but working is something God "wired" into human beings and will continue into eternity.
According to statistics provided by Warren, an average person will spend approximately 40 percent (or 150,000 hours) their life working, which highlights the need for a sermon series on the topic. There are six basic biblical reasons to work while on the earth, he says, and the most important of these is working to build the kingdom of God.
"In today's globalized economy, the new missionaries are businessmen and businesswomen," said Warren. Many countries in today's world are closed to Christian pastors and missionaries, he explained, but they will allow businessmen and women in.
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SOURCE: Christian Post