… God and work …
Work has changed over the last few decades – a 2001 report from the Centre for Sleep Research to the QLD Department of Industrial Relations states that since 1980 the number of over worked workers has increased as a percentage of the workforce from 33% to 46%, and 7% are working over ten hours a day 6 days a week! Perhaps this cartoon is you when you “get home from work” …
Why talk about work when on holidays? Well we wish we could have holidays as a major part of our life, and work to interrupt them, but it’s the other way around. So we can ask the question, where is God in our work?
In the very first place when we talk about work we must recognise what Genesis 1 tells us about God, namely that he is a worker. We read about Him working to create the world, described as six days work – not a bad effort really. Further, in John 5:17 Jesus says to the Pharisees, “My Father is working until now, and I myself am working”.
In fact, work in its different forms is mentioned more than 800 times in the Bible, more than all the words used to express worship, music, praise, and singing combined! And in the NT, of Jesus’ 132 public appearances, 122 were in the marketplace, of his 52 parables, 45 had a workplace context, and 54% of Jesus’ reported teaching ministry arose out of issues posed by others in the scope of daily life. Then of the 40 divine interventions recorded in Acts, 39 were in the marketplace! Indeed the Lord Jesus spent his adult life as a carpenter, until age 30 when he went into a preaching ministry in the workplace calling 12 workplace individuals, not clergy, to build his church.
When we come back in 2018 after our holidays, we will be dong a sermon series called Fruitfulness on the Frontline. It is all about how we live and breathe as followers of Jesus in our workplace. A great reminder that God is alive and kicking not only on Sundays and at LIFE group, but every hour of yours and my day. Have you signed up for a Fruitfulness on the Frontline small group? Do it, it’s well worth it.
So don’t believe the lie that “church work” is the only work God is interested in! When you go to work in 2018 (at home or anywhere else), and even while you are on holidays this summer, remember God is with you – so do it all to his glory (Colossians 3:17).
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