written by Bob Ashcraft
powered by www.worklife.org
Reasons for taking work as a serious part of our Christian life.
"Being A Godly Workman."
- How are Christians to act and react in the workplace?
- Does God really even care about what kind of workman I am?
- Is what I do at work really that important to Jesus?
God designed us to be awesome at our work.
FOUR REASONS TO BE AWESOME AT WORK.
1.) We represent God and the Kingdom of God.
1 Pet 2:18-23 - "Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this also you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly."
Matt 5:16 - "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Prov. 10:26 - "As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him."
1Thes. 4:11-12 -
11: "that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,"
12: "that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing."
1 Cor. 6:20 - "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
1Thes. 2:12 - "that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory."
2.) We are called to be excellent workers.
Prov. 6:6-11 - "Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man."
2 Chr. 31:20-21 - "Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered."
Prov. 22:29 - "Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men."
Rom. 12:11 - "not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." ("not slothful in business" - KJV).
3.) God directs blessings through our work.
Gen. 39 - (read the chapter.)
Ps. 1:1-3 - "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither."
Prov. 13:4 - "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich."
4.) We are working for God, not for man.
Eph. 6:5-8 - "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free."
Col. 3:17-25 - "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality."
Prov. 3:6 - "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
1 Cor. 10:31 - "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
- We have such opportunity available to us.
- Jesus wants to go to work with us!
- He wants to be involved in our work.
- He wants to prosper the work of our hands.
- He wants to bring glory to His name through us.
Bob Ashcraft is from Fellowship of Praise Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. sermoncentral.com. Content Distributed by WorkLife.org > used for non-profit teaching purposes only.
WorkLife, Inc. is one of the leading "Life at Work" voices in America. WorkLife pioneered the first scalable and sustainable WorkLife coaching system via the web called Maestro WorkLife Coaching. Founded by Doug Spada (CEO) nearly 10 years ago, WorkLife has collaborated with God equipping organizations to empower working people to practice an effective life at work. WorkLife is now serving faith-based networks, churches, corporations, and small groups across America and beyond. Visit www.WorkLife.org to find out how Maestro WorkLife Coaching system can serve your group or organization. Take the FREE Maestro Tour.