Work is a glorious thing. And if you stop and think about it, the most enjoyable kinds of leisure are a kind of work. Both these facts are true because the essence of work, as God designed it before the Fall, was creativity — not aimless, random doing, but creative, productive doing.
The Primal Worker
When God did his primal work, he created the world. That is the essence of work. Then he created us in his image, and put us in the world he made, and said, “Let them have dominion . . . over all the earth. . . . And the Lᴏʀᴅ God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 1:26; 2:15).
In other words, God is the primal worker, and we are created to go on w…