God created Adam to work creation before mankind fell (Genesis 2:15). Work wasnt punishment it was a good thing, a job to do, as part of tending Creation.
Adam and Eve were intended to represent God to Creation to reign over it (Genesis 1:26 NLT), in the same sort of way that God does, through looking after it and growing it well. He gave them a share in His work because He delights in involving His children in building the world in love. The joy they were to find in growing that world for Him was meant to inspire them to represent it back to Him: to be like excited kids, asked to plant seeds by a parent who anticipates them running back, yelling, Come and see! Its so cool! when the seeds sprouted; and to make a conscious choice to thank Him.
Gods children were created as His partners: unequal, sure, but deeply adored jointowners of a beautiful project. Their priesthood was part of their Godgiven purpose and identity.
Today, our earth has changed a lot, but our calling is still to: (1) represent God to our world. Bring Him into it and be Jesus to those who need Him. (2) Represent it back to Him. Make the choice to enjoy this world and constantly bring it to Him in prayer.
So what now? Try this: (1) Chop the big end off a carrot or parsnip. (2) Put the end in a saucer of water. (3) Replace the water every day, and pray as you do. (4) Watch the shoots come.
Soulfood : Judg 12-15, Matt 12:38-50, Ps 47, Prov 13:11-12