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INTRO: We can worship God at work. Not only can we worship God at work but we should and we must. Most of us need to dramatically broaden our definition of 'worship' to include many aspects of daily life, including our jobs. As someone has said 'Remember the weekday to keep it holy'
QUOTE: Jim McGuiggan writes: 'We preachers have done much damage by perpetuating the idea that only the preachers work is ministry, is service, is sacred and everyone else's work is secular. I'm telling you that 'sacred' work is that which is pleasing to God and is done to God's honor. Breaking stones on the job in a way that honors God is just as holy as breaking bread on the first day of every week. The plumber, ditch digger, toilet cleaner, house painter...etc, are all worshipping God at work, when they offer that work to God in a way that pleases Him.'
Eph.6:7 (of today's text reads) 'Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,'
That verse has to do with 'secular' work on the job. The word for 'serve' is 'Latreia' and is translated 'worship' in Romans 12:1.
What do we normally think of we when say we're going to worship? Singing, praying, preaching or listening to a sermon. All of those acts involve work. Prayer is a work. That's why most of us don't pray like we know we should. Real prayer is hard work. Preaching is work. Hard work. You don't know how many hours I put into this sermon and after I preach today I'm going to go home and take a nap.
ILLUS: One man said to a young preacher 'Do you get tired after you preach?' The young man said 'No.' The older man responded 'Son, when you preach SOMEONE is going to get tired.' Sometimes it's hard work to LISTEN to a sermon.
But the point is that the idea of offering our WORK to God as an act of worship is really not as foreign a concept as we might at first think.
Today I want to point out from thi ...
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