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May 27, 2021 6:31 am
So what I'd like you to serve your work.
What I'm saying with that is you need to realize whatever you are all there. You are the light of the world. Your job doesn't define you, but you are representing Jesus being faithful to God in the way you work welcome to moments of hope with David sound like if you've been following along our broadcast you know that for the last few days we've been in a series called on-the-job if you miss any of these broadcasts you can hear them on our website. Moments of Hope Church.org. Now here's David continuing his theories on the job. We looked at. First of all in the first week your worth is not your work.
Your work is not your work and what you come to faith in Jesus. You know, your identity is in him is like a friend of mine used to say all the time. I'm a full-time follower of Jesus, and I saw life insurance in order to be able to do that. So whatever your call location is what you do to allow you to fully follow Jesus. That was the first week the second week washed. If that's true, you realize God is your boss and he's the one that sends you into your workplace. No longer is your work and occupation, something that occupies your time all week long. Your work as a vocation or calling Andrew where God wants you to be where you'd be somewhere else. It's that simple. Were God has called you right now.
Your mission field between your feet.
That's what God wants you to be or if you love Christ, you'd be somewhere else did call you someplace else is a vocation you're called to where you are now.
This week is a practical application of those first two weeks. If your worth is not your work, but your worth is in Christ, and if indeed he's calling you to a vocation in your workplace where you work. Here are five practical tips I'll get to a just a moment on how you can be faithful to the Lord wherever you may work that will go to read some scripture from Jesus and from the Gospels and the epistles.
The word epistles in the Bible just means letters letters written from Paul John or James or Peter, particularly to the churches to try us to help us understand how we can be faithful in the workplace. Are you ready first of all, from the Gospels from the lips of Jesus, you are the salt of the earth. Matthew 513 through 16, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house in the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Matthew five verses 40, 41, Jesus continued, and if anyone would sue you take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go 1 mile, go with him 2 miles. Matthew 712 Jesus said so whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them for this is the law and the prophets. What that means for those of you who may not know your Bible's role well.
The Old Testament is Genesis through Malachi. The first 39 books. It's called the Old Testament. It's the law and the prophets. So Jesus condensed all of the Old Testament. 39 books into one phrase doing others as you like it done.
You can skull the Golden rule and then from the book of Colossians Paul gives some practical insights into how work should be done, bond servants, which basically means employees obeying everything. Those who are your earthly masters.
That's basically employee errors not by way of my service as people pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord whatever you do work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the inheritance as your reward is your paycheck you are serving the Lord Christ for the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done and there is no partiality for those were messing with you in the workplace.
They'll pay one day no partiality before the Lord. Masters employee errors bosses treat your bond servants, employers your workers justly and fairly knowing that you also have a Master of CEO in heaven. So as I look at these verses. There are two thoughts that come to my mind.
First of all, we are to serve our work you want to serve your work in on what is that mean there are three areas of influence. All of our lives, we can influence our family we can influence our friends and we can influence our work associates in the place where we work in your where aren't you. You and I for an entire lifetime as adults will probably work $90,000. That's a lot. Think about that it's 35 to 40% of our entire life is spent in the workplace. So we have an opportunity with those hours to influence those who work around us.
So when I invite you to serve your work. What I'm saying with that is you need to realize wherever you are. You're called there you are the light of the world you are the salt of the earth. Your job doesn't define you, but you are representing Jesus.
And when you are salt that influences others toward our Lord, you are fulfilling the call in the workplace.
Your serving your work when you are the light of the world, which can't be hidden under a bushel.
When there's true like light always overcomes darkness when you are the light of the world and your identity is not in your work, but it's in Christ because he was the light of the world. He claims so in John he said I'm going now make you lights on the world in wherever you may be so that could be your neighborhoods, your places where you exercise with your friends. But for everyone, especially in your workplace. You are the light of the world.
And when you care for other people and you do your work well in serving them. They will ask you one day fly and you can say I'm doing this for my father in heaven and they will then want to desire to please and worship the Father in heaven who serve to serve your work.
That's a clear call that Jesus gives us because God is our CEO. Secondly, go not only serve your work, but serve others in your work serve your work be salt and light where you are, but serve others in your work.
Let me give you this truth. Your work matters to God calls people matter to God. We say that again your work matters to God because people matter to God so surrounding you in your work place are people that God really loves. He really loves and you are called there to serve them Jesus in Mark 1045 set for the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. I'll never forget my college basketball coach Dean Smith led a tremendous influence on my life. One time said all of us. If you ever need me call even 10, 15, 20 years after you left. If you ever need me please call me I'll always be here for you. He said this for my job is not to use you for my glory. My job is to serve you so you can be all that God wants you to be so some 20 years later, my son David is a 13-year-old screwed up his knee had serious surgery and I was trying to think how in the world can I encourage this son of mine who loves basketball and has a serious knee injury and 13 so I remembered Coach Smith that if you ever need me call. I'm not here to use you for my glory. I'm here to serve you so you can succeed. I picked up the phone and this very busy, nationally acclaimed man I called and I got a message. Coach Smith, would you just do me one favor I been gone 20 years, but would you mind calling my son. You've been through a lot in the injuries the players would you just encourage him that he can make it through this and maybe play again. He set out I'll get to it as soon as I can hear the pretty rasping nasal voice okay so the next day the phone rings and back when we had answering machines you never answering machines, any and that voice came on the phone. David Dean Smith and my son David sitting in the chair. His knee operated on bandage look to me and I went and he went and I went nuts for you and hello occasionally. That's a 13-year-old speak okay hello's pretty monosyllabic in this goes on for 10 minutes or so and finally he hangs up the phone and I asked David. I'm curious, what was the first thing Coach Smith said the civil dad. The first question he asked me was a red how your grades and I'm sitting going on and talk about basketball than I realized he was more concerned for my son's academics than he wants his athletics because he knew long-term.
That was more important for success to occur folks that is an example in the workplace of serving others to encourage them to be all that they can be and not using others for your own glory limitations something the people around you who work with. You can tell if you're using them for yourself. So, serve others in the workplace. God is concerned about your workplace because people matter to God in their people in your workplace that you can serve who really matter to God, so let me now give you five practical applications from the Scripture from Jesus lips from Paul lips on how you can serve others in your workplace. You serve your workplace or call thereby God you serve others in your workplace.
How can you do that most effectively if you are a follower of Jesus, who works in your workplace to allow you to serve others, but to give you five tips. First of all practice the 2nd mile principal practice. The 2nd mile principal. That's what Jesus meant in Matthew 541 when he said, and if anyone forces you to go 1 mile, go with him 2 miles. Now when you read this off-the-cuff you can understand what this meant, but for a faithful Jew who's trying to follow Jesus, especially in that day. This was radical. The Romans controlled everything in Israel, Jerusalem during that time, and there was a law on the books that whenever a Roman centurion or soldier wanted a Jew to carry something he could immediately conscripted them and bylaw force them to carry any burdened.
They were commanded to carry 41 mile in any direction so your walk along the way and a Roman has a burden that he didn't want to carry he can force you to carry it 1 mile bylaw in any direction so you can imagine with the Romans camping someplace in Israel and faithful Jews were following Jesus. See the camp starting the break, they scatter like roaches suddenly seeing the light come on in room from the darkness right because they don't want to be conscripted to carry burdens mile and here is Jesus going to his followers and saying to them. If you get conscripted by a Roman centurion or soldier to carry a burden for mile in any direction.
At the end of that mile look at the person and with a huge smiley paleface say, may I carry the 2nd mile and you know Jesus followers when they heard him teach this must've gone.
Are you kidding.
First of all we will even like these guys their brutal their oppressive and you're asking us to go the extra mile, another mile we were asked to do something, and Jesus would've responded, you got it because he knew there something powerful in serving other people he knew that one of the ways the heart to be softened was by someone who would say how can I go the extra mile to serve you.
So in your workplace. Starting this week, you who are employees. Would you dare go the extra mile when your boss asked you to do something that I'll do that will even go beyond and some of you right now going you do not know my boss and I'm saying you do. I do been dealing with this a long time may be irascible and absolutely impossible to work for you. Want touch his heart for Jesus.
Go the extra mile. That's what Jesus is saying. Take you bosses out there with your employees go the extra mile with your workplace hospitality with leave, especially maternity leave with salaries and benefits. Let me ask you, are you going the extra mile for those who work for you that can you imagine a workplace where the employer and the employees are all going the extra mile for one another.
How would you describe that workplace healthy and successful.
So first of all, if you want to serve others in your workplace practice. The extra mile principal. It's all in the attitude.
Folks if you awaken every morning before work and go to good Lord it's morning or do you awaken going good morning Lord because I have an opportunity where I work to love people who matter to you, and I want to help draw them to you and be salt and light so the praise my heavenly father.
Therefore, I'm going to go the extra mile. Second, practice the Golden rule Jesus words in Matthew 712, which encapsulate the first 39 books of the Bible Genesis through Malachi, he reduced it all to a simple statement in your workplace.
Employees and employers treat others.
You might be treated.
Is it more difficult than that. Treat others like you want to be treated, and in practicing that golden rule. It opens the hearts of others to hear your love for your heavenly father why are you treating this in the way people treat other people the extra mile doing to me is you want to have done to you.
I love the quote from a great Christian of years ago, name cc. Here's what he said to all Christians go into all the world and preach the gospel and if necessary, say something, and if necessary, say something that now you need to be ready to share the hope that is within God gave us tongs to share the gospel earn the right by serving listening to moments of hope.
Thanks for listening. Damon joins me in the studio with a conversation about the difference between being a time when Victor 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 Bowen direct tell you thank you Melissa Poe David Marilyn Chadwick, all of you there will, for us, you been there since OA starting Kings and grew into the dream Center building in the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 55,000 where's the city is the work with the meals so, are never amount as well is the meals you know the first collimated side go this route and provide you all you everything you and not only that you dream is this week is all dreams and with you as you got last week is James Easton.
Thanks for listening today. Joining me in the studio is our Pastor David sound may contain it.
Thank you so much for being with us today hi Jim, great being with you to help David in this morning, Z devotions, you spiritually delineate the difference between being a victim Victor is really interesting and we get our listeners.
Your thoughts and I will Jim because I think it's a huge problem in our culture today of what is happening is what's called intersection malady and what that means is