One Job, One Command

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:15-17

God gave Adam his first job: take care of the garden. That’s it. Presumably, the Lord gave him instructions on how to maintain it. Then, He gave Him his first and only commandment. Was it a test? Of course, we have the benefit of knowing what happens next, but Adam didn’t have such foresight. Perhaps to Adam, he thought, “Oh okay. Whatever. I had no plans to eat from there because there are so many others to choose from.”

One job. One command. Simple enough. Before we give Adam grief for what he later did, consider that we would probably do the same exact thing.

How do I know that?

Well, our “job” and command is fairly simple too: glorify God in everything we do. It shouldn’t be hard, but it is. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit can help us if we let Him, but it’s a moment by moment journey.

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