The Generous Gift of Jesus | Genesis 3:17 | Devotional
Genesis 3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
There is deep within us an ambition for deity. We get it from our first parents. We like to call our own shots instead of following the direction of the Creator. Adam and Eve learned the hard way, and we are still suffering the consequences.
Work was not a result of the fall, but “painful toil” was. We will plow the fields, or chase down business, or tire ourselves in occupational pursuits until we die. And then we will return to the ground. “For dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19). It’s all a meaningless cycle…unless broken by the One who crushed the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15).
Jesus makes us a new creation. Still living in a fallen world, in him we find meaning and significance. We live to honor him through every facet of our lives. Our bodies still return to the dust awaiting the great resurrection, but our spirits fly away, absent from the body and present with the Lord. All this because of God’s generous gift of Jesus.
Father, thank you for Jesus who makes all things new! In his name we pray. Amen.