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May 21, 2021 6:58 am
Delay daily to have enough to live on the glorify God, so God create everything in original intent good, including and there is a way of looking at work through a biblical moral real value of work is moments of hope with David Chadwick today we begin a brand-new series called on-the-job three. This series will gain a biblical worldview of the work God is personally called each of us to do today. David takes us to the book of Genesis showing God's plan for work was woven into creation from the very beginning.
Welcome to give your hearing today in the series on gold on the job to try to teach you what work means in your life. You know I felt the other day. As adults we spent probably 33 to 40% of our lives at work. Think about that. 33 to 40% of our lives is spent at work. So what is God's perspective on work and how do we make work work from God's perspective. Today is the first message on that. And here's the phrase I want to begin today's message with your worth is not your work okay. Your work is not your cup with the first person pronoun, and that my work is not my words would you say with me.
My work is not my one more time allowed to call my work is not so go look at a biblical worldview work. I want to challenge all of you regularly that you have some kind of worldview. Some of you believe in what's called a natural philosophical worldview, which is basically the only thing that matters the material world is no spiritual eternal world are basically seekers or atheists or agnostics and that is your explanation of why life is the way it is.
Some of you have a new age Eastern Hindu worldview, which believes that your choices give you karma your good choices will not allow you to be reincarnated to a higher life form your bad choices allow you to be reincarnated to a lower life for that is your worldview how you look at the way the world operates. Will I believe in a biblical worldview that is by way of looking at life.
I think it best expense explains everything that's going on in our lives. Everything in there is a way of looking at work through a biblical worldview.
Let's do so today. Genesis 1 into creation, God made it good.
Genesis 3 the fall, God forming a nation called Israel. The rest of the Old Testament. He gave them moral laws, the one true worship. They failed in God's command to be wholly different people, God brought his son in the world who gives all of us is gospel of grace. Those of us receiving come together in the church and the church takes on God's calling to be his kingdom to the world to bring his love, redemption, power and goodness, and one day he's gonna come back and restore Genesis 1 into you just got a biblical worldview in two minutes, but let's look at that biblical worldview now through the lenses of work for God has a lot to say to us today. Genesis 1 and two talk about God's intention for work. Genesis 3 talks about the result of the fall and what that did to our work. Genesis 2 verses one through three and God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. Then Genesis 213.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host them, and on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all of his work that he had done so God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it. God rested from all of his work that he had done in creation Genesis 289 and the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the East and there he put the man whom he had formed, and out of the ground of the Lord made it to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life was in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 218 to 19 then the Lord said it is not good for the man to be alone I will make for him a helper fit for him now out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them and whatever the man called every living creature that was its name. Genesis 317 90. Now this is the fall. This is after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, and allowed sin to shatter everything in the world, including work. Here's the result of the rebellion with work and to Adam he said, because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, you shall not eat of it. Curse it is the ground because of you in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you and you shall eat the plants of the field by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken for you are dust and to dust you shall return social what you have here is first of all God in creation created everything, including work and you see in Genesis 1 and two as he created the world. He first of all, declared work as good. It's good. On the seventh day he stepped back and rested not because he needed to give us a way of living, so that 1/7 days. We would rest.
He knew we needed it, but he stepped back and said it's good the world is operating the way I wanted to operate in Adam and Eve were created and they lived in this garden in a perfect relationship with God. They walked through the garden and talk with God all day long. Hearing his voice him guiding them in every possible way deeply at the core of who they were.
They love God with all their heart, soul, mind and my and they worked for God in this work that God did was good. There was actually in it that absolute joy in the work that they did for God and that work was secondly manual.
God told Adam and Eve to address till and keep the earth he told him to subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heaven help, and over every living thing. They were to use their hands in labor in order to have a good work.
So for those of you who are plumbers or gardeners or whatever you and you use your hands to work. That's good. Manual labor is good, God said so is an interesting and when God put on human flesh in Jesus. What was Jesus job, but he knew he was a carpenter he worked with his hands in an interesting, when God became one of us. He did manual labor, but thirdly work is good, because it's also mental labor that Adam was told by God as he brought the animals before him to name the gods or whatever you name them will be the remaining can you imagine that scene. What a great moment is going to be in heaven to check that out in God's video system to see what that looked like Adam has a huge animal to come before him. He goes I think I'll call you hippopotamus.
Nobody say the eponymous because it probably was the first thing that came was mine. So we been calling up to the plot of my since then the elephant comes up for California elephant rhinoceros giraffe you know he name the animals know was that Sadie was mental labor was also given by God, to Adam and Eve and that mental labor is good.
So if you're a CPA or you will receive large amounts of money in a banking system, whatever it might be and use your mind as you work that part of work is good. So God created everything in original intent good, including work, but folks when the fall occurred in Genesis 3 and Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil made clear to God.
We will decide what's good and evil. No longer would be under your authority that treachery that rebellion shattered God's original intent and everything everything in our world has been infected with the disease of sin sense everything, whether it's our human sexuality. Whether it's our relationships, whether it's our marriages. They've all been infected with sin, with hard hearts and rebellion against God, and we have ushered into this world problems like racism and segregation wars and rumors of wars, all different problems have come as a result of that sin and another way that sin has been manifested through Genesis 3 is no longer his work joy. It's by the sweat of our brow and by thorns and thistles we labor daily to have enough to live on and to glorify God work now has become in many different ways.
First of all, fruitless thorns and thistles, we lose jobs we have reductions in pay, that's a part of the human experience works become pointless.
Why get up in the morning. Why keep laboring day in and day out in this job. Many of you have song take this job and shove it more than once and instead of take this job and love it. Like God originally intended and works become meaningless. Do you know what word we now used to describe work. Think about this first job went into script were job job job job but think about this work is another word to describe our work occupation. Think about occupation.
We basically work to occupy our time five days a week so that we can spend two days in leisure fun. We work five days hard so we can have some joy in life or in the garden work was joyous. It was fun because we cocreated with God and we knew that in his ability to create. We were participating in that in a very real way, but now works become meaningless and in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, the writer says work is vanity upon vanities always.
It just doesn't have any purpose, and I would suggest you daily ultimate reality of the fall and its effect upon work is found in the reality of us making our work, our worth making our work, our worth. We find our identity in those 40 to 45 to 50 to 60 to 70 for some of you hours every week. We spend doing our jobs and it's true isn't it when you go to a place and you meet somebody for the first time. What's the question they most often ask you before any other question, what is it, what do you do not.
Who are you not put your identity and where you find your life's foundation. The first question it's*what do you do America's basically meritocracy, where your identity is found in what you know were a performance driven culture and if we perform well were patted on the back and if were not were considered worthless. What do you do our work is become our worth in this message folks is to tell you. In Jesus, your work is not your word. Your work is not your worth not know what has happened in our culture is we've made our worth. Through our work and its evidenced by all outward appearances.
The proof of our worth is all outward.
So if I have more possessions than other people. I more worthy than they are and we live in a constant sneer to compare environment and that's why so many of us go into debt in order to possess more and every morning when our feet hit the ground we sing the song I oh I oh so off to work I go and also position we work hard to have a position a better office that makes us better then other people.
So we feel like were worth something not only our possessions in our position, but we have a people approval desire.
So, if people think were worth something. We think were worth something in the way people approve of us is by advancing up the American meritocracy.
Then of course we have power over people and were the boss we really achieve something and were really successful in other people's eyes.
It's all though outward. But here's the problem. Those outward things don't last, and I will invite you find worth not in your work, but in the inward reality of who you are in Christ.
I want to challenge all of you with something that may hurt some of you, and I don't mean it to hurt but I want to challenge you to live different because I really believe the gospel makes a difference in our lives. You long ago, I was challenged by a friend.
Do this exercise.
He said, paint a portrait of what you want in your last year of life and keep that portrait forever in your mind, and it's the gold that you're striving for.
For all of your years.
I wanted to be a faithful pastor and preacher of the gospel, but I never had in my mind all one day I want to preach the thousands of people. I just want to be faithful is that one for the portrait that was an outward success. Here's what I wanted I wanted Marilyn and me with gnarled bony hands graying with aging spots on her skin holding her hands together and surrounding us would be our three kids who all love Jesus with all their heart, souls, minds and mind and then the next concentric circle outward in the portrait I wanted times the grandkids who just love Jesus and loved us Mayor Maren Pappy and then if God would allow us to live long enough, you guessed it the next concentric circle outward. What I will. I wanted to re-create kids and I wanted every single one of them to love Jesus. That was the most important part.
I want all of them to know the inward reality of who they were, in Christ, and there worth was not defined by the work or any outward extremity was defined by the inward relationship with because I knew that the only thing the last thing I listening to moments of help with. Thanks for listening, coming joins me misty everything is and can't. It's always the right time to do the right thing. This is the ministry meant focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community on Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte hello my name is Jimbo and Mona take a minute to thank you, Melissa Poe, David Chadwick, all of you there will, for us, you been there since 08 starting Kings and grew into the dream Center mill the last eight weeks. Politics 55,000 where's the city is one the work that with the meals, or never amount as well is the meals you know the first collimated side of Israel and provide you a phone call. Everything you and not only that you this week is all with you as you got last week is James Easton. Thanks for listening today doing DDM is our Pastor David blank David, thanks for being my chin great being with you as well. Once again David is in is called.
It's always the right time to do the right thing. Sounds like there's a lot of wisdom in this when you know this is another one for my college basketball Coach Dean Smith and people may not know that when he came to the University of North Carolina in 1959 as the assistant basketball coach. He saw the prejudice and the injustice that existed particularly against black people and he wanted to really make a difference there. He wanted to change the atmosphere and culture not only of the city of Chapel Hill but of the entire University of North Carolina system so he began to do things that were quite remarkable like you would go into flight only restaurants with a black seminary student from a local seminary, and he sit down and the people would object and say you can't do that. He's not welcome here and could Smith would say, will you just need to know if you kick me out. Now you're kicking at any future time that our team will come in here and eat in your restaurant course. Basketball was king in 1959 in 1957, North Carolina had an undefeated season and had won the national championship so people loved basketball in Chapel Hill and eventually Coach Smith started taking more people of color into these restaurants and more and more they begin to be integrated. Moreover, Coach Smith was the one who tried to recruit the first African-American athlete to the University of North Carolina. He tried with a guy named Lou Hudson who went on the plate University of Minnesota and become a great player in the NBA. Somehow his academic requirements wouldn't match with the University of North Carolina was requiring at that point Coach Smith was adamant and trying to integrate the system and then finally in 1966 he brought in Charlie Scott, the first African-American athlete of the University North Carolina so I played with. I was a year behind him and I watched all of the racial epitaphs swerved toward Coach Smith and Charlie during those awful years, but could Smith stood firmly that he wanted to integrate not only the city of Chapel Hill and its restaurants etc. but also the University North Carolina basketball program and sports in general and he did so it was a remarkable achievement by a remarkable man well when I was talking with him one day and asking him about why he did that night we came in 59 all through his years, until finally everything was integrated.
He said this phrase.
David, it's always the right time to do the right thing.
He said Weathers 1959 or 1964, 1966 or whenever it's always the right time to do the right thing to many of us wait until tomorrow to try do the right thing.
You put it off. We procrastinate and could Smith says justice delayed is justice denied. So if it's now the right time to do the right thing. Do it now, so I would adjure all of our listeners to think about whatever you need to do this right will delay it, do it now and I love the proverb doesn't say somewhere in Proverbs about withholding a blessing. Never withhold a blessing if it's within your ability to bless someone you know with in talking about things that are going on right now in our world and of course we still not Corona, dying out here, but I always found a strength in this quote from Charles Spurgeon that says fear not death think we as believers do not have to fear that the cholera may come again next summer and I pray that may not but if it dies, it matters not to me.
I will toil and visit the sack by night and by day until I drop. If it takes me saddened at the sudden glory. We can pray for our neighbors right now in this time. Fear not, we should activate our children our households to pray for those who are suffering all the time.
Do what's right right now. It's always the right time to do the right thing when Christians do that will make an impact upon our world. Thank you so much David for these thoughts today. Thank you listeners for joining us and if you'd like to receive a written moment of hope. Every morning in your inbox go to moments of Hope Church.org subscribed there and every morning at 7 AM arriving in your inbox will be for my heart to yours. A moment of hope and moments and hopefully make senior paths or has moments of Hope Church teaches from our online worship service. You can be a part of our service each Sunday morning at nine and 11 o'clock going to moments of Hope Church.org your online be sure to sign up for David Daly moments and delivered every morning here in the weekly training available through our website. Moments of Hope Church.org for the entire moments of Hope Church great weekend