Christian Living

Our Calling Is to “Walk Worthy,” Not to Get Results

As humans, we have a strong bias toward the practical. It makes sense. Even before the Fall, Adam was given responsibilities that required problem-solving, outcome-oriented, cause-and-effect thinking.

Naming the animals was a puzzle to solve (Gen 2:19-20). How do you name them all without using names twice? How do you name them in a way that is orderly? You don’t have to be Linnaeus to notice that the characteristics of animals follow patterns. Adam would have had some interest in categorizing animals as he named them, and that would have required problem-solving thought.

Then there was the job of tending and keeping the garden of Eden (Gen 2:15). We’re still pre-curse, but the language implies overcoming challenges to improve what was there.

We could speculate about what that involved, but here’s the point: From day one, humans were made to think along the lines of, “If I choose Option A, I’ll get this result; but if I choose Option B, I’ll get a better result; so I should go with Option B.”

There’s nothing wrong with that. God made us that way, and said it was “very good” (Gen 1:31).

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