Talking about work is so important because we spend so much time working. Last week, we looked at the why of work, and today, thanks to our wonderful speaker Jim Larson, we are diving into the how of work.
A myth about work: your manager writes your ultimate performance review.
- The sacred/secular divide: the incorrect concept that parts of our world are sacred, and the rest of it is secular. This implies that God cares about some things more than He cares about others, which is absolutely untrue. God is in everything. He is Lord over all.
- Martin Luther: “The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in a church and by the works done therein…The whole world could abound with the services to the Lord, Gottesdienste – not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, field.”
The Truth about work: God ultimately writes your performance review.
Colossians 3:17: 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.
Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…
- Our value is not in our performance. It is in our adoption and sends and daughters of the Kingdom, and it is high and fixed.
- That’s not to say, though, that God doesn’t care about our performance. He does! He has invited us to co-labor with Him, and He expects us to do it well.
- Being a Christian at work is the same as being a Christian.
5 ways we can live out this Truth:
- Love others, and love them well.
- Matthew 22:37-40: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
- Treat people as ends and not as means.
- Be a giver and not a taker (givers, on average, perform worse on reviews than takers or “matchers”, but, having a culture of givers actually produces more fruit and increases performance).
- Have integrity.
- Proverbs 11:3: The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
- Proverbs 28:6: A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.
- Be diligent and seek excellence.
- 1 Corinthians 9:24: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
- Psalm 24:1-2: The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
- Our blessings, our talents, and our time all belong to Him (we often forget that last one!).
- Be joyful.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
- We aren’t called to be joyful circumstantially, but always.
- There is a clear connection between gratitude and joy (biblically and scientifically).
- Rest well.
- Genesis 2:1-3: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
- We must rest well so that we can work well.
- God didn’t need rest (He’s God), but He chose to model it for us.
- Take an inventory as to what truly refreshes you. (because, honestly, it probably isn’t social media).
What is the one way God is calling you to work like how He would work?
Biblical references: Colossians 3:17; Colossians 3:23; Matthew 22:37-40; Proverbs 11:3; Proverbs 28:6; 1 Corinthians 9:24; Psalm 24:1-2; Genesis 2:1-3
- What is the one way God is calling you to work like how He would work?
- How are you going to have integrity with your work this week?
- How are you going to be diligent and seek excellence?
- How are you going to be joyful?