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The Christian at Work: Our Work and Gods Work
General Outline What does Gods Word say about our everyday work? What does Gods Word say about His Work? What is the connection between our everyday work and Gods Work? Group application/break-out discussion
What does Gods Word say about our everyday work? The beginnings of work: Genesis 2 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth [b] and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth [c] and there was no man to work the ground…Genesis 2:5bc The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it, Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. Genesis 2:17-19 Working was Gods intention for us, although through the fall, work now became a painful toil.
What does Gods Word say about our everyday work? The disillusionment of work: Ecclesiastes 2 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. Ecclesiastes 2:21 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2: Our work can seem meaningless, and overall IS temporary. Praise be to Gods name that He has more in mind than meaningless toil!
What does Gods Word say about our everyday work? A higher purpose for our work: in the Epistles of Paul Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 4:6-8 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:22-25 Our higher purpose is to let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
What does Gods Word say about His Work? Gods first (recorded) work: Creation In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth Genesis 1:1 Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and over the livestock, over all the earth Genesis 1:26 God made our entire universe, including us! He made every living thing for His Glory, but our sin separated us from this perfect relationship.
What does Gods Word say about His Work? Gods continued work through His chosen people: Israel Then the LORD said to Moses, I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.Exodus 16:4-5 "I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.-Moses in Deuteronomy 29:5 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea [b] ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. Joshua 3:14-16b After the fall, God repeatedly showed His love toward His people, even through their disregard and disobedience
What does Gods Word say about His Work? Gods Work through His Son, Jesus Christ: Reconciliation But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved Ephesians 2:4-5 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice… Romans 3:23-25 Gods redemptive work is the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. Jesus did all the work necessary for us to be saved. We must have faith in Him to receive salvation.
What is the connection between our everyday work and Gods Work? As Christians, we work with God to reach a dying and lost world For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, Gods building 1 Corinthians 3:9 Its like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch Mark 13:34 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19 We are Gods redeemed, called out, adopted children who are to carry out His work in reverence and praise toward Him!
Group Break-out: Gods Work and our work Good-news Drew: Review Acts 18:3, 20:34, 20:24 What occupation did Paul have? How did he bless others with it? What did Paul see as his #1 priority task? How does this apply to our lives today? Ransomed Rick: Review Daniel 6:3, 6:4, 6:10 What did Darius plan for Daniels promotion? What set Daniel apart from others in his position? How did Daniel respond to adversity? How does this apply to our work? Consecrated Nate: Review Colossians 4:14, Philemon 1:23, Luke 1:1-4 What was Lukes profession? What does Paul call Luke? How did Luke fulfill Pauls description? How is Lukes life an example to us?