Work

Work

We can serve God in any kind of work when we work with excellence.

Outline

PROBLEM

  • double life: God on Sunday, work on Monday.  Is the church not interested in 90% of your life?
  • What many people think their church values is their volunteer time and offerings

WORK IS GOD’S CREATION

  • Marduke – Gods created the world then human beings to do all the labors that the gods may have their ease
  • Prometheus. Zeus. Epimetheus.
  • Work is not a necessary evil that came into the picture later.
  • God works for the sheer joy of it. Work could not have a more celebrated beginning.
  • Gave Adam a job.  As far as God is concerned, you can’t have paradise without work.
  • God came as a carpenter.  How much more dignity can God give work?

OUR WORK IS GOD’S WORK

  • Matthew 5:16 – let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
  • The simple farm girl who is milking the cow, she is one of the fingers of God.  You are being cared for through the work of others.
  • You can honor Jesus in every kind of job – God is willing to use men and women in medicine, law…
  • Do not honor one job over another.

EXCELLENCE HONORS GOD

  • How do we connect what we do on Sunday morning…?  By doing your job really really well.
  • Truck stop illustration.
  • Gelsinger – Colossians 3:23: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.’
  • Pilot – how can I best honor God? Just land the plane so it can be used again.
  • To the degree that we do work well is the degree that we have the opportunity to witness and be heard.
  • “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” MLK

WHEN WORK GOES WRONG

  • Tower of babel.  “Came together to make a name for themselves…”
  • But because it was for their own advantage, the result was fragmentation.
  • If your work is about God, not a self identity, then it will be about serving other people.  
  • This would be a radically different world.  The curse of babel lies on all of us.
  • The do-what-you-love ethic is unhelpful to such believers in the working class. But “love whom you do it for” is different entirely.
  • When I realize my meaning is in God and not in my work, it made my work a way for me to serve other people instead of using people.  When you work for yourself it will be exhausting. Successful or not.

THE PURPOSE OF WORK

  • The purpose of work is to serve and glorify God.
  • Do a prayer at the end: Pray for employer. People who serve us.
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