God in my Everything - Work
Series: God in my Everything
November 03, 2019
When you think of what a huge fraction of your life is spent working, it really matters how we live our lives there. So how is your job ? Do you wonder if you have the right job ? Do you wonder how your faith and your work should go together? Today we look at a biblical understanding of work and how to find godly satisfaction in our 9-5 lives.
Before the Fall of Man work was a blessing:
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
After the Fall of Man, toil was a curse:
“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”
Jesus knew what it was like to work with his hands:
When the Sabbath came, [Jesus] began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
God the Father and God the son continue to work in this moment:
Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
When we honor the Sabbath and steep our work in ongoing prayer throughout the day, even the most menial work can be redeemed…
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.
This sermon series draws upon the work of Ken Shigematsu and his book “God in my Everything”
Content Copyright Belongs to Langdon Palmer