“Good Work”

On June 17, Pastor Katy preaches on Genesis 4:20-22.

20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day when we honor all the men in our lives. We celebrate how these men have influenced and shaped our own lives, but part of the beauty of this day is recognizing the different gifts each of these men has for the world we live in. Not all men are into sports or handy with power tools. Not all men work outside of the home as the family breadwinner, and not all men are called to marriage and family life at all. No two men are the same and no two men have the same gifts to share, but all men (and women) are created in God’s image and have God-given gifts. In the fourth chapter of Genesis, three small verses remind us that even since the beginning, God’s people were gifted for very different vocations. Today we still have ranchers, musicians, and metalworkers, but these very different lifestyles remind us we are made for good work that co-creates with God. When society tells men, in particular, that their self-worth and identity is tied up in their jobs and in their ability to make money, we go back to these three verses and remember that we are all called to meaningful work, but there’s no single formula for what that looks like.