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Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 Who is my BIG BIG Boss ?. What is the Biblical Understanding on the work we are doing most of the week, most of our lives ?

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1 Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 Who is my BIG BIG Boss ?

2 What is the Biblical Understanding on the work we are doing most of the week, most of our lives ?

3 First : I’m just driving a taxi ? I’m just adding and subtracting numbers ? I’m just changing baby diapers ? I’m just doing the usual task until 6pm ?

4 Second : I’m helping my customers get to their destination ? I’m making sure I can complete the balance sheet ? I’m taking good care of my grandchild ? I’m helping to manufacture a good product for my company ?

5 Third : I am contributing to the road safety of Singapore, and well-being of families coming home safely every evening. I am ensuring that my company is transparent in its accounting and continue to provide jobs for its workers, and services for its customers. I am loving my grandchild with God’s love, protecting and nurturing her. I am enabling people to use my company’s products to enhance their lives.

6 Third : I am contributing to the road safety of Singapore, and well-being of families coming home safely every evening. [Taxi-driver] I am ensuring that my company is transparent in its accounting and continue to provide jobs for its workers, and services for its customers. [Accountant] I am loving my grandchild with God’s love, protecting and nurturing her. [Grandmother] I am enabling people to use my company’s products to enhance their lives. [Factory operator] I am doing the will of God, I am worshipping God with my work.

7 Secular Jobs Secular Jobs Sacred Work All Work can be Sacred unto the Lord

8 Secular Jobs Secular Jobs Sacred Work All Work can be Sacred unto the Lord “secular” = “of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual or sacred.”

9 Sunday / Maybe Saturday : Holy, Smiley, Kind, Loving Sunday / Maybe Saturday : Holy, Smiley, Kind, Loving

10 Sunday / Maybe Saturday : Holy, Smiley, Kind, Loving Sunday / Maybe Saturday : Holy, Smiley, Kind, Loving Monday to Friday : Mean, Quarrelsome, Unjust, Dishonest Monday to Friday : Mean, Quarrelsome, Unjust, Dishonest

11 Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 “ 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort

12 and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 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.

13 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. 24 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, 25 for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

14 26 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 2:17-26

15 Work has become pain without gain, wealth without satisfaction, toil without enjoyment, & success without a worthy successor.

16 “Is work meaningless ?”

17 a)What is the root problem of work ? b)Is there a purpose that goes beyond just earning a wage ? c)How can we begin to turn work into a privilege to be enjoyed, rather than something to be tolerated ?

18 Ecclesiastes 2:17, 24 “ 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. … 24 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, …” Work under the sun VS Work from the Hand of God

19 Ecclesiastes 1: 3, 14 “ 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? … 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Work under the sun

20 Ecclesiastes 1: 3, 14 – “ 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? … 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Work under the sun “Under the sun” – a limitation of space. It is an earthly, temporal and humanistic perspective.

21 Ecclesiastes 2: 21 “21 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.” Work under the sun

22 Genesis 3:17-19 “ 17 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. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 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.’”

23 a.Leisure becomes the focus of our life Work under the sun

24 “It’s just another manic Monday … I wish it was Sunday … ‘Cause that’s my fun-day”.

25 a.Leisure becomes the focus of our life Work under the sun Perhaps our life’s focus should be on play. The goal every morning … every week … every year … working hard ….

26 a.Leisure becomes the focus of our life Work under the sun Is Work a necessary evil ? Is that God’s will regarding work for us ?

27 a.Leisure becomes the focus of our life b.Work becomes the measure of our worth. Work under the sun

28 b.Work becomes the measure of our worth. Work under the sun Ecclesiastes 2: 19 “Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.

29 b.Work becomes the measure of our worth. Work under the sun Work then is not just what we do – it literally defines who we are (our status, self-image, identity).

30 b.Work becomes the measure of our worth. Work under the sun Work then is not just what we do – it literally defines who we are (our status, self- image, identity). For work, some have forsaken friends, family and even health. They forsake not by intentional abandoning, but by neglect.

31 b.Work becomes the measure of our worth. Work under the sun If your god Is work

32 b.Work becomes the measure of our worth. Work under the sun Where did all this begin ? When parents were driven to focus so much on academic performance that they neglected the need to help their child discover that they are persons first and performers second.

33 Work from the Hand of God b)Is there a purpose that goes beyond just earning a wage ? c)How can we begin to turn work into a privilege to be enjoyed, rather than something to be tolerated ?

34 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling God works, and so must man. Genesis 2:2-3 – “2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

35 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling God works, and so must man. The Son of Man (Jesus the carpenter) worked for 18 years so that we might understand that work is the dignity of man.

36 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling Genesis 2:7-8, 15 – “7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. … 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

37 Secular Jobs Secular Jobs Sacred Work All Work can be Sacred unto the Lord

38 Secular Jobs Secular Jobs Sacred Work All Work can be Sacred unto the Lord Sinful Work Sinful Work

39 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling But if our work is not sinful, then we should commit it to the Lord as a sacred calling from Him.

40 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling 2.Work : the place to mould your character

41 Work from the Hand of God 2.Work : the place to mould your character 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 – “ 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’ 11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 13 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.”

42 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling 2.Work : the place to mould your character 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple

43 Work from the Hand of God 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple i.Willing to work and provide for our family 1 Tim 5:8 – “ 8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

44 Work from the Hand of God 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple i.Willing to work and provide for our family 1 Tim 5:8 – “ 8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” It is important that as parents, we train our children to respect all kinds of work.

45 Work from the Hand of God 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple i.Willing to work and provide for our family ii.Work unto God Colossians 3:17 – “ 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

46 Work from the Hand of God 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple ii.Work unto God Work takes on a divine calling as we become witnesses to who Jesus is. God is the One who has sent us out into the workplace, and when we work with a Christ-like attitude, according to Godly values, we turn our workplace into our mission field.

47 Work from the Hand of God 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple ii.Work unto God When we work with a Christ-like attitude, according to Godly values, we turn our workplace into our mission field. How do you think Jesus worked as a carpenter ?

48 Work from the Hand of God 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple i.Willing to work and provide for our family ii.Work unto God iii.Share God’s love – through words and deeds.

49 Work from the Hand of God 1.Work : the divine calling 2.Work : the place to mould your character 3.Work : A platform for us to live as Christ’s disciple Eccl 2:24-26a “ 24 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, 25 for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 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. …”

50 Eccl 2:24-26a – “ 24 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, 25 for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 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. …” Revelations 14:13 – “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

51 How does God judge ? What is more important is what are we doing in the job we are having now ?

52 How does God judge ? What is more important is what are we doing in the job we are having now. Was Jesus doing a secular work when He was a carpenter for 18 years ? No, Jesus was doing the PERFECT will of God !!

53 Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 My BIG BIG Boss is my Lord Jesus Christ.


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