God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work… Genesis 2:15a (TM)
I get a kick out of people who picture eternity as ever-lasting retirement – floating around on clouds and doing nothing but eating, sleeping and playing our harps. The reality is that God is a worker. He spent six days working before He rested. Then He creates man to work the garden. Work – being productive – is part of our Christlikeness. The difference is that after sin – after Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit – the consequence for man is an awful marring of the original design. Productive, efficient, balanced work becomes painful toil (3:17-18).
Work, action, production & rest are part of God’s nature – and a part of ours. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.