What would it look like to live and work out of the belief that God is everywhere. Where would we look for him? – Today’s message is about the life-transforming idea that God can use your work to change you to be more likes Jesus.
Sermon Helps How To Bring God Everywhere (Including Work)
1) Think Different
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV) for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV) 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
2) Bring God’s Word
Psalm 1:1–2 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3) Let Spirit Bring You Along
Galatians 5:22–23 (NIV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
4) Look for God In Obstacles
Romans 5:3–5 (NIV) 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
5) Practical Tools
Bible, Today, Daily Bread, Books, Ebooks, Audio Books
Download Apps: (Search App Store) for…
New City Catechism
Podcasts (Today, Daily Bread, Paul David Tripp, Matt Chandler, David Platt, Beth Moore etc)
Our work is a gift. Like the good gifts of education, marriage, friendship, leisure, and family, our work influences in great measure the persons we are and the persons we are becoming. Daily we are being formed by the work we do, the people we rub shoulders with, and the skills we acquire. Work is one of the providential arrangements through which we are spiritually formed. The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther affirmed the central importance of vocation in spiritual formation when he asserted, “God’s complete work is set in motion through vocation.” 4 Rather than being an obstacle or impediment to God’s work in our lives, Martin Luther understood vocation to be the primary pathway God uses to transform our lives. Luther saw vocation as encompassing a broader theology of the everyday common life where God-honoring worship and spiritual maturation were most desired outcomes. Whether you recognize it, your work is shaping you. -Tom Nelson
“Human work is ultimately significant not only because it contributes to the future environment of human beings, but also because it leaves an indelible imprint on their personalities.”
Fidelity to the highest practices of vocation before God is consecrated and itself transformational in its effects. James Hunter
“To begin with, we are accustomed to think of the business world as ruled by an amoral bottom-line mentality, but in fact it is impossible to make sense of the office without noticing that it has become a place of moral education, where souls are formed and a particular ideal of what it means to be a good person is urged upon us.” – Matthew Crawford
A stay-at-home mom doesn’t get a lot of accolades or affirmation. No paycheck. No glowing review from their boss. I have been working through these thoughts and feelings and several weeks ago decided I wasn’t going to spend any more time feeling like a victim. . . . I have had a new outlook on life over these past few weeks, and I feel so much better. . . . I have never thought of being a mother as an act of worship. I can look at it in a whole new way now. . . . I can now see the contributions I make to my household as what I was uniquely created to do for this season of life. – Anonymous Mom (quoted by Nelson)