Celebrating One of God's Greatest Gifts by David Cawston

Celebrating One of God's Greatest Gifts
David Cawston
Ecclesiastes 5:18-19

Introduction:

One of God's greatest gifts that he gives us is work!
I want to focus on this on Labor Day weekend.
There are a lot of excuses people use about work!

The lazy person says, "I don't want to work!"
The frustrated person says "I don't like my job!"
The purposeless person says "My job is getting me no where!"
The broke person says "I am not making enough!"

The Bible says that God is big on work!
>> Work is a gift of God!
May I remind you that work existed before sin.
Work was always a part of God's plan!
God works!
God worked before He asked us to work!
For six days he created and organized and then he rested!
God was having a good time as he worked
He said that everything was good!
Then He made man in His image and likeness and wanted man to share in the joy of creation and work!

You're supposed to feel good when you work!
You were made to be a producer and overseer as God!

Gen 2:19-20
19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (NIV)

Notice God gave man authority to be creative by naming all the animals.
He allowed Adam to share in his creative tasks.
Men were not just to react to God's creation but we were to shape His creation.

Notice that all of this was before sin came into the world!
When Adam and Eve rebelled against God it affected their work!
When they decided to be independent it affected the market place!
When they tried to go their own way it effected their economic well being!
One of the judgments of sin was a curse on their work!

Gen 3:17-18
"Cursed is the ground because of you; throug ...


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