Message Recap: God at Work, pt. 4

rawpixel-com-274858So far, in our series, led by the incredible Jim Larson, we’ve looked at why and how we work; today, we are looking at another important identifying piece of the puzzle: where we work. As people, indecisiveness is all too rampant in our culture. Let us be the people that decide where we are going to work, and then go do it.

We are in a really unique place in time; only 200 years ago did we first start having the ability to choose our work. What a privilege (and an obligation) to choose where we work! The hard part, of course, is the dizzying effect of the paradox of choice. We are faced with so much opportunity, so many good choices, that we are led often to anxiety, disappointment, and discontent. And, further, we get caught up in the idea that our choices today will dictate our forever. But that’s note the case! Though Martin Luther made a case against career changes, John Calvin and much of the Bible encourage career changes. And, many of it’s characters exemplify the ways in which they glorify God (look at Moses, for example – from sheep herder to political leader!).

Myth 1: Where we work is more important than why we work and how we work.

  1. The Truth is that why we work and how we work is at least as important as where we work.

Myth 2: We will all have a burning bush moment (though, God can, and does, do this for some of us – it’s not a guarantee).

  1. We cannot sit and wait for our calling, God wants us to trust Him and sometimes, make the first move in faith. Even if it’s wrong, it is still a step driving us forward.

Myth 3: We should determine where we work based primarily on our passions.

  1. We should be driven by the following, instead:
    1. The needs of the world
      1. Jeremiah 29:7: But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
    2. Our giftings
      1. Romans 12:6-8: Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
    3. Our truest desires (not our fleshly desires, but the ones that align with the Spirit)
      1. Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
      2. John 16:24: Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
    4. Compensation
      1. 1 Timothy 5:8: But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
      2. We have to make tradeoffs, and there is almost always a sacrifice.

Myth 4: The best way to hear God is to be standing still.

  1. We have the ability to move forward with God. How do we do it?
    1. Understand the world’s needs
    2. Understand your strengths
    3. Research potential roles
      1. Research what it’s like
      2. Engage with people you know who are in it
    4. Seek community

All of this is critical as we face the question of where we work, and it is critical that we do it all with God.

Biblical references: Jeremiah 29:7; Romans 12:6-8; Jeremiah 17:9; John 16:24; 1 Timothy 5:8

Questions:

  1. How is God transforming how you work?
  2. What is God showing you about why you work?
  3. What is God saying about where you work related to needs, giftings, desires and compensation?

Breakout

Last summer I went for a walk and God spoke to me. He whispered a simple yet powerful word about this year at Mosaic Community Church…. “Breakout.” I believe God spoke this word to me as an encouragement and preview of what HE was about to do in and through our church. Over the next few months I began praying, studying scripture, and actively preparing for the breakout that I knew God was about to do.

In the fall we did a sermon series called Breakout in which we focused on Matthew 16:18, where Jesus foreshadows the building of His church. We talked about church history, some common misconceptions, and about how the church that Jesus is building is… NOT a physical building, a social hub, a political party, or a social justice center. Rather, the church Jesus is building is a global movement of messy people who are living out and proclaiming the gospel. We talked about how Jesus’ church is breaking out and how the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

We are now 7 months into seeing God’s promise of Breakout fulfilled. Here’s a quick update:

  • Sunday Celebration attendance at Mosaic has increased by 40%
  • We now have 17 Lifegroups and the # of people in LG’s has grown by 30%. (Many of these new people have little or no church background)
  • Unbound – our anti-sex trafficking ministry – has launched. And it is actively reaching out into our community to help fight this atrocity.
  • Mosaic is consistently serving more impoverished people in Seattle than ever before, primarily through the men’s shelter and working with students at Foster High School
  • Mosaic has begun planting a church in Edmonds, WA
  • We are sending out 2 missionaries this summer to do church planting in North Africa

Wow! Needless to say, I am incredibly thankful and excited for all that God is doing, and I’m very expectant for what HE will continue to do in and through Mosaic over the next 5 months and beyond! As the breakout continues, one of my prayers is that our intimacy would increase – that we would draw closer to Jesus and be deeply committed to one another. Now more than ever let’s remember the call of God on Mosaic Community Church to Love God, Love People, and Change the World!

By Andrew Bach, Lead Pastor