Then God blessed them and gave them this directive: “Be fruitful and multiply. Populate the earth. I make you trustees of My estate, so care for My creation and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that roams across the earth.” Genesis 1:28 (VOICE)
God’s directives to newly created man and woman: 1) to be fruitful and multiply and 2) to take care of the rest of creation. I think both parts of this directive point to the fact that we were created to be fruitful. We were created both to populate the earth and to productively take care of it. We were created to do work. And while Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden their work was less toilsome. The curse on man after he decided to be disobedient was that the work would be wrought with hardships. (As would the “being fruitful” part for women) But, even though our work is filled with hardships, it is still what we were created to do. So, work hard because in doing so you fulfill one of the purposes for which you were created and you will experience the satisfaction of doing what you were created to do. And, whatever work you find yourself doing, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.