Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion … Genesis 1:28
Man was created to work. The objective of that work, as seen in the cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28, was to prepare the world as a dwelling place for God and man. God provided the Garden of Eden as the starting place, but man was to take it from there, essentially turning the garden into a garden city that covered the world.
This transformation involves three related tasks that require three types of work:
- Structural: fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion through procreation
- Functional: fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion through discipleship
- Physical: fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion through the work of our hands
All of these tasks existed pre-fall and still are in place post-fall. It is the third type of work of building the garden city, spread God’s glory through the work of our hands, that most concerns us when it comes to economics.