Work (4 of 8) by Jonathan McLeod

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Work (4 of 8)
Series: Wise Steps
Jonathan McLeod
Proverbs 14:23


In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty (Prov. 14:23).

SCRIPTURE INTRODUCTION

Since this is Labour Day weekend and since we our current sermon series is on the book of Pro-verbs, this is the perfect Sunday to examine what Proverbs says about work.

[Read Proverbs 6:6-11; 24:30-34; 26:13-16.]

THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF WORK

When I was in Bible college, one of my friends was taking a lot of naps and getting behind on his assignments. One day, I went into his room when he wasn't there and wrote the following words on the ceiling tile above his bed: ''How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you rise 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'' (Prov. 6:9-11). I don't think he was too impressed by my prank.

How should we view our work?

Many Christians think they live two different lives: a spiritual life (attending church meetings, reading the Bible, praying) and a regular life (doing your job, preparing a meal, mowing the lawn). But the apostle Paul writes, ''Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God'' (1 Cor. 10:31; cf. 6:19-20). This means that our work-whether it's paid or unpaid work-should be viewed as spiritual.

We should view our work as a way to BRING GLORY TO GOD.

''The ultimate purpose of work is neither income, nor prestige, nor self-fulfillment. Rather, it is to bring glory to God. That's what it means for work to be a calling.''

CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF A WORKING GOD

The Bible begins with God working. God is a working God. Jesus said, ''My Father is working until now, and I am working'' (John 5:17). God ''created man in his own image'' (Gen. 1:27), and when we work, we act like God.

Work was a part of God's original plan for humanity. God commanded Adam to ''subdue [the earth]'' (Gen. 1:28) and to ...


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