God’s idea. Gen. 2:15 “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Adam was created for fellowship with God. In Eden he perfectly understood and carried out his purpose: worship.
Worship is relational. As Adam enjoyed personal communion with God he also understood his purpose. They were intertwined. He worked in the garden and kept it. First act of lifestyle worship. And there was joy unspeakable.
After the fall, after Eve was deceived and Adam disobeyed, they were driven from the garden. Intimacy with God changed. He would never leave them, but because of their sin, there was separation and death. And labor and toil and struggle and murdered and banished children, and grief.
promised that One would come from Adam’s offspring who would bruise the serpent’s heel; who would bring many sons to glory and redeem intimate fellowship with the Father. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, dwelt among us.”But to all who did receive him, who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
As we are brought from death to life, our relationship to God is restored and we now “worship in spirit and in truth.” While we are not in Eden anymore, we can live our lives here on this planet purposefully through lifestyle worship.
Work is holy as it is done unto the Lord. Whether you work on Wall street, in a classroom, or swish toilets, all is worship. “I appeal to you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)