Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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Labor Day - A Productive Concept

God's original purpose for man is expressed in the Bible in a twofold manner as stewardship of "production" and "preservation" in the Garden of Eden under the divine commission to "till it and keep it" (Gen 2:15). That this was God's purpose for man, in part at least, even before His creation, is evidenced by God's prior statement, "there was no man to till the ground" (2:5b). However, this exalted divine purpose in the dignity of man's labor finds its highest expression in God's commission involving man's responsibility to "subdue ... and have dominion over" the created natural order (1:28). Thus man was challenged to employ, under God's guidance and blessing, all phases of his personality (the physical, 2:15; intellectual, 2:19, 20; social, 2:18-24; and procreative, 1:28).

grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.



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