An outline for further study
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Co 10:31)
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. (Col 3:17)
Who is called – All! All called to give all we are to all of Him to be His people and do His work.
Is clergy/laity valid? No! Biblically, there is no special call to higher “full-time” ministry class.
Is work secular vs sacred? No! We were created and redeemed to work, in the image of the Great Worker. We are now redeemed to fulfill that calling demonstrating the “divine difference.” Either honor God or sin.
Where does mission take place? Out there! Where people live who need Christ and where Christians have regular contact, and where ruling the world goes on.
Does extending the Kingdom equal extending the church? No! Kingdom includes all of life and world. We are both agents and emissaries.
Lordship is the issue of salvation: the reason for Christ’s sacrifice, the meaning of repentance, & the result of regeneration.
Can God forgive someone who still runs their own life and thus continues to remain a rebel?
“Lord of all or not Lord at all.” So we must obey and glorify God in all aspects of work, and all of life.
God created us to work to rule-take care of the world. He created us in his image fully capable of doing this and put us in a garden as a model for our task in the whole world. Adam immediately began this work with the naming of the animals which develops understanding and power to rule. Adam also discovered that work and life are communal, interdependent.
The Fall brought ruin to human nature and to creation itself, but not total ruin. Redemption restores human capacity to care for the world and to do good, though not totally, and one day God will restore all creation.
All of legitimate work is created sacred; it is God’s calling in the world. By pleasing and honoring him in it, we fulfill God’s calling and fill our life with meaning.
[The chasm between faith and work] will not do, because Christ is Lord of all of life… Consequently, there is no distinction between the secular and the sacred. At any moment, no matter what we are doing, we are relating to God either properly or improperly. Thus we need to distinguish, not between secular and sacred, but between sin and righteousness. — Sherman & Hendricks, Your Work Matters to God, p.22,54.
The 4th Commandment – Six days shall you work… Retirement?
What is work? What is money?
Calling & service vs career – Call to replace goals
Success à “Good” work
Status à Humility
Fame à Godly character
Power à Service
The good life à Generosity
Self-fulfillment à Self-giving
Security à Trust in God
Servanthood is core. It is the radical transformation of the Christian life (of salvation).
To boss – Eph. 6:5-8; Col. 3:22-25; Tit. 2:9-10
To employees – Eph. 6:9; Col. 4:1
To customers/clients – “love your neighbor as yourself” – fair scales, etc.
To larger community, nation, world – Eph. 4:27; Gen. 1, 2 (environment)
Develop a Biblical worldview for your profession. What are the worldview-moral issues in medicine, law, accounting, etc?
Develop Biblical ethics/morals for your profession. What are the ethical issues in sales, manufacturing, politics. etc?
Make your world better–more just, more human, more beautiful, more productive,
Love people beyond work obligation
Arouse spiritual interest by life and word.
Draw out seekers with short answers.
Invite seekers into seeker Bible studies.
Disciple those who respond.
Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. —2 Tim 3:12-13; 1 Pet 4:13
Enjoy God. Practice thanksgiving.
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Th 5:16-18
Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. —1 Pet 1:8; 4:13
Enjoy God’s “Well done…!”
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ —Mt 25:21