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What Makes Our Work 'Christian'?, Part 2

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February 27, 2020 9:00 am

What Makes Our Work 'Christian'?, Part 2

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February 27, 2020 9:00 am

In the series Home Wreckers, we’ve been looking at issues that break down families and the biblical solutions to avoid them. Work may seem like a strange topic to include, but in actuality, our approach to work has an enormous effect on our homes.

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Jeannie Greer talked about believing that they can the gods happy with you because you come to church a lot. You pretty religiously active God lived out the way that you conduct yourself work that is best offered to get worship is not just what we do in your hands raised was how we treat customers and our employers. That's what you worship and reflect care for God. Religion Jeannie Greer and Molly that events were continuing our series looking at the issues that break down families and the biblical solutions to avoid them any of the previous messages in this series you can hear them today.

Pastor JD is talking about an issue that might not seem directly related to the family actually critical for building a godly home. The message is titled what makes our work? Today is my question.

What does it look like for you to be Christian, what does it look like for your work to be Christian.

What is it about a business that makes a business a Christian business to what I want to try to give to you this weekend are five different things from Scripture that make your work in and of itself. Christian, but by things that might work in and of itself Christian number one creation, fulfilling. Genesis 215 way back to the original creation Genesis 215 so the Lord God, after he had made out of an even made the earth the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it. God created this beautiful garden and he put up a man and woman in it and before there was sand and before there was a curse. They had a job. Work was something God put into the original creation. It was something he designed us to do something he gave us the capacity to enjoy doing God put us in a world that was good with me that we were with reason we were to take the raw materials of the earth and develop them for his glory. The farmer takes the raw materials of soil and seed and cultivates them in the cracks. The architect takes the raw materials of sand and cement and creates buildings for us to live in. The artist takes the raw materials of color or music and arranges them into art pieces that we enjoy the insurance agent helps create systems that protect us when we go through unexpected events in our lives is all part of God's plan. That's how he cares for us through the skills is given the different ones of us to take his creation and to develop it other words, your secular ordinary work of farming or building, or teaching math is spiritually significant when you see your work connected to God's creation mandate to develop the earth to his glory and the good of others start to get a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction out of it. So the first way the Christian that work is Christian in and of itself is that it is creation, fulfilling Don with an attitude of service toward others.

Here's a second way to excellence pursuing excellence pursuing this is to be found in the book of Colossians chapter 3 work that we do is Christian. When we do it according to the highest standards of excellence because we are doing it.

First and foremost for God. Colossians 317. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus our jobs are done first and foremost, he says for God God.

Verse 23 whatever you do work heartily as for the Lord and not for men. Verse 24 from the Lord, you will receive the inheritance as a reward for your serving in all things the Lord Christ for the wrongdoer read that slacker. The slacker will be paid back for the wrong done and there is no partiality with apples to the second thing that makes work in and of itself. Christian is that it is excellence pursuing number three were Christian holiness reflected with holiness reflecting. This is also from Colossians 3 lesson work should make it obvious that we serve a God of justice and got a fairness I got a kindness work should reflect his character, which means that our work conforms to the highest standards of ethics I do not know honestly all the answers here because each field has its own ethical issues, some of which I don't even know how to pronounce what I do know is that our work is to reflect the equity, justice and kindness of God's character to Paul says this in Colossians 4 Masters treat your servants justly and fairly knowing that you also have a Master in heaven work interaction you have you got a Master in heaven.

You will report to you treat somebody unfairly because they either able to find out about it or be can't do anything about it both as well. You got a Master in heaven will find out about it will always do something about. You might be able to get away with cheating others, but you will never way he says with cheating God.

You have this disconnect you cheat and you cut corners work is short. Customers all the while maintaining faithful church attendance as if God is happier with your participation at his house that he is with your emulation of his character in your jobs you want to know what he wants from you is not more church attendance.

What he wants for you is to walk in integrity and kindness and generosity and reflect his character in the way that you work. Proverbs 11 chapter 1 of the best of both ballots is an abomination to the Lord. Abomination is a strong word and it abomination is reserved for the strongest sense of the Bible, sexual perversion, betrayal, murder, exploitation of the poor to hear you got a false balance going the same category shorting the customer not giving your boss who is paying you a full week's worth of work getting paid for more than you're doing. Cut a corner in abomination is an abomination when you do shabby work with doesn't get your employer his money work for your employees what they are due and abomination. Some you really ought to just think about that because you keep thinking that God's happy with you because you come to church a lot. You're pretty religiously active God will see his character lived out in the way that you conduct yourself in a place where you work. That is the best offering to him.

Worship is not just what we do in your hands raised is how we treat customers and our employers. That's where you worship and reflect the character of God number four makes work inherently Christian is when it's redemption demonstrated redemption demonstrating to get this from from Luke 14, which whatever couple weeks ago but basically this people who have been touched by the gospel. Think about more than just fairness and equity in their jobs because their whole approach to life is been read to find out what Christ is done for them personally. What time of an advertising executive in New York City, Madison Avenue that you don't know much about the advertising world. That's the place that you go to get the job and that's like as Wall Street bankers Madison Avenue in Manhattan with this guy has this job there.

He is a believer, a girl from one about the premier schools with advertising program gets a job in his is freshening back. She got an internship at his advertising firm internships are very competitive.

There you don't get like two or three shots because it's cutthroat everybody try to get these internships.

She makes a mistake after being there for three full weeks cost the company $25,000 now. In that world. You do not get a second chance and she knew that her her dreams of being on Madison Avenue were shot at that point while her direct supervisor. The Scotto start about who was Christian goes in from the Board of Directors and says this is you know what I should like to take the heat for this one. I'm to say that I didn't train right which may been true, but really wasn't true. It was purely her mistake, he said, but I didn't train her enough. I probably should've done a few other things to help her get prepared for this. Would you let me take the hit because he had the social capital with that company to be able to absorb it.

Let me take him instead of her Board of Directors of well you do have a lot of social capital here. Your long history what you do that so he absorbed the blow of her mistake.

She comes in. A few hours later, having found out what happened in tears comes into his office, she leans down across his desk and she says why she told me about this world here Madison Avenue that it's cutthroat and the idea of somebody now not only not cutting my throat. But actually cutting her own brother because of that I did wrong. Why would you do that have never heard of this in New York City got somebody so well since you asked will tell you that about 15 years ago my life was profoundly changed by somebody who did something like this for me Jesus Christ. When I had send so that I was now to be God's Presence. Jesus Christ Took My Penalty into His Body and That Is Been so Life Altering for Me That Whenever I See Somebody in That Situation I Can Help Something. My Heart Just Wants to Do for Them What Jesus Is Done for Me That Is Redemption Demonstration in the Midst of a Job.

This Also Means Redemption Demonstrating Means That You Figure out How to Leverage Your Business to Bless Those in Need, and How Your Business Can Be Used To Take the Gospel to Places.

It's Not Been Known.

It's What I What I Thought You A Few Weeks Ago about the Third Bottom Line If You Restore the Sermon on Luke 14 I Showed You That Jesus Commanded His Followers Remember This the Throw Their Parties for People Who Couldn't Pay Them Back Throw the Party of Your Life That You Can Pay Back Your Party and Fill It up People to Stratify to Their Party Part of Your Life. People Can't Pay You Back Because That's What Jesus Said I Did for You.

For Example, You Start Thinking about How Your Business Can Help the Poor, Even If It's Not the Best Financial Investment You Think I Want to Help Empower People Who Otherwise Wouldn't Have That Ability Start Think about the Great Commission. Bottom Line, Where Can I Use My Business to Get the Gospel in the Place That Is Never Been Redemption Demonstrating Means Also That for Those of You That God Has Blessed You with Much That He Is Giving You Very Lucrative Jobs Were.

You Make A Lot Of Money.

You Give Away A Lot Of the Great Commission. Listen to Me That's Why God Gave You Those Resources and Their Talents and That Ability Make You so Good at What You Are. You Can Make Lots of Money and Just Ratchet up Your Lifestyle.

That's Not What What What He David Storage above Is Well.Yeah Whatever I Was One Wants to Know the One Who Worked Hard to Pull Myself up by My Bootstraps and I Will Bore Born.

I Did All This Work Late Hours All This Money I Owe Really Read All Time. You Probably Got All That Talent That You Got in That Desire That That Drive Were Not Come from the Probably Came from God. Somebody Put inside of You That You Born United States Future You Will Tell Me That If You Were Born As a Poor Child of Islam in India That Your Life Would Turn out the Same Be Serious Grace You Have Received Grace Affected Any of You Are in Hell Right Now Is Grace. And When You Get That When You Get How Much of Your Life Has Been Fueled by Grace You Will Start to Naturally Begin to Share with Others. Leveraging Your Life. The Great Commission Is Not the Calling of a Sacred View Leveraging Your like the Great Commission Is the Responsibility of Every Disciple of Jesus. Just Don't Call Me Use My Skill Permissions Are Called My Resources Away.

What That Call to Give Away Your Resources Are Not Called to Leverage Her Skill for the Recognition That Was Known As the Call to Follow Jesus There Is No Way for You to Follow Jesus and Not Be Leveraging Your Resources and Your Skill for the Purpose of the Great Commission for Light We Invented This Whole Language of Calling in the Church Just Amassed the Fact That the Majority of People in Church Are Really Living As Disciples of Jesus to Get a Special Kind of Cold Group and the Rest of Us That Are Just Spectators. The People That Are Fans of Jesus, but Not Followers. Followers of Jesus Are People on a Single Coming to the Ministry Saying There Are People Who Start Having the Skills That I Have.

How Can I Use It for the Kingdom of God for the Glory of God and for the Great Commission for His Kingdom and Not My Own but Please Be the Last Thing Number Five. The Thing That Makes Business in and of Itself. Christian Mission Advancing Mission Advancing Me and Accept 28 Verse 14. I Make This Point with You Guys A Lot. But throughout Church History. The Gospel Has Gone Forward on the Wings of Business Study. Study Anybody Version of the Gospel Has Gone for Most Effectively the Wings of Business Even in the Days of the First Apostles When the Apostles Were Basically Superheroes Because like Peter and Paul in Philip and Andrew Thomas.

Even in Those Days Merchants Seem to Be Able to Hear the Gospel around the World Faster and More Effectively Than the Apostles Themselves Can so That Sounds a Little Blasphemous Right Asked 28 Verse 14.

You Know That Paul Is Whole Trajectory of His Life to Christ. Remember the Name Right.

Both Trajectory from Acts Chapter 9, or Jesus Appears to Him on the Road That 728 Last Chapter in Acts.

That's What Paul Is Doing Is Headed to Take Christ to Places We've Never Been so Was Good Run. Why Runs Of the World. What a Great Place to Start a Church Planting Center from Right Asked 2814. The Climax of the Whole Book Leading up to This Point Paul Is Just a Couple Miles outside of Rome 14 and There We Found Brothers Not like Paul's Cousin That He Knew from His Family Reunion Brothers in Christ, and We Were Invited to Stay with Him for Seven Not Only Brothers but Brothers Wonderful Hospitality. Well, I Hope All Your Guest Here When You Come to Our House.

She Will Bible Study. We Are Going on to Review Palace Guards.

We Let the Christ so We Can Hear Side and That We Can Room Paul's in the Rat Race to Take the Gospel around the World to Places Jesus Is Never the Name When He Gets Rome Is Read by the Christians Were Not Apostles the Merchants and They Begin Their Trust in You Again.

Merchants Seem to Be Able to Carry the Gospel around the World Faster and More Effectively Than Even the Apostles Can Stephen Neal That Said This in His Book a History of Christian Missions Which Is Otherwise a Pretty Nerdy Book to Read You One Really Good Part Out Of It Okay, but in Point of Fact, Few If Any of the Great Churches Were Really Founded by Apostles.

Nothing Is More Notable Than the Anonymity of These Early Missionaries Luke, the Writer of Acts Does Not Turn Aside to Mention the Name of a Single One of the Pioneers Who Laid the Foundation, Peter and Paul May Have Organize the Church in Rome, but They Certainly Did Not Founded Goes on to Point out That Not One, Not One of the Major Christian Church Planting Centers. Antioch, Alexandria, Rome.

Not One of Them Was Founded by Apostle and Today and Today.

The Unreached Mission Field Seems to Be Custom Designed by God, so That Only Kingdom Focused Businessmen and Women Can Be the Ones Who Can Get the Gospel into Bees Most Lost Parts of the World. For Example, Most Unreached Peoples Are Found in Something That Missiology Is Referred to As the 1040 Window. It's the 10th Parallel 40 of Parallel between Those That May Refer to the 1040 Window Were the Majority of Unreached People Groups with Their Primarily Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist. These Are Also Countries in the 1040 Window You Will Find the Greatest Concentration of the World's Poor Unemployment Rate of Unemployment Rates in These Companies Countries Ranging from between 30 and 70%. One Source I Was Looking at Said That 50% or so of the Population in the Areas of the 1040 Window Are under the Age of 20, 50% Unemployment Rates Are Likely to Soar and There's Areas in the Coming Years.

Some Estimates Indicate That the 2 Billion Young People Looking for Jobs for the Next 20 Years. For Example, the Run When That's in Unreached People Group Right, That's a Scary Place at Our Place for Church Planters to Go into Iran Has At Least 10 Million Unemployed Right Now in the Next 15 Years, 20 Million More Searching for Jobs.

So How Is Iran Going to Be Reached from Our Perspective Is Not Probably Be the Church Planters, Businessmen and Women Doesn't Apply to All of You, but Some of You Have Something That You Can and You Should Do Overseas Help You Do That We As a Church Would Help You Help You Discover That Thousand Churches by 2050. Many Other Churches Are to Be Built Side-By-Side Businesses You Help Us Bring into Those Countries That We Can Go with You. I Don't Have All the Answers Adult. I Can't Lay out a Plan for You to Look like, but Let's Discover It Together Start Believing It Will Start Praying about What You Start Praying about What God Has Given You and Say What's Going to a Conversation and Let's All Brainstorm about 2000 50,000 Churches All around the Water.

Places That the Gospel Was Completely Shut off to Your Skill, Your Secular Skills Will God Use Just like He Always Has the Church History Is One of the Voices You Have a Role Is My Whole Point Businessman or Businesswoman for All These Reasons, Your Work Hours All These Reasons Creation, Fulfilling Redemption, Demonstrating Holiness, Reflecting Excellence Pursuing Mission Advancing Mission Begin This Message That Sing This Model to My Mom and My Dad.

My Dad Retired from Sara Lee a Couple Years Ago Was Immediately Hired Back to Be a Consultant for Them As They Opened Some Plants in Some of the Countries That We Would Consider to Be Some of the Most Unreached Countries on the Planet.

There He Is Able. There's Two Years to Mingle with and Interact with Some of the Top Businessmen People I Would've Never Gotten Side to Side with Lead One of the Christ Plan of the Gospel and A Few Others. These Are People That Is a Church Planter. I Would Only Have Dreamed about Being Closed These up with Them. Some of the Influences of Society and Seeing Them Come to Christ Say God Has a Purpose for You and You May Not Even Know What It Is. Maybe You Start Thinking about and Praying about It Got into That Place Obtained That Audience, Not through Seminary. The Business Your Work Matters.

It Make an Eternal Difference Begin to Say What's All This Got to Do the Home with All of Your Life and Your Jobs. If Assuming Was so Purposeless That You Bring That into the Home and so Your Unit. Looking in Your Home for Things That You Really Ought to Be Finding from Living out God's Plan for You. Your Supporting Your Job. You're Expected to Hold to Do Something for You.

The Home Was Never Designed Living out God's Plan Was Supposed to Add This into Your Life and You Don't Want to Do That. That's Also Complies with All the Silly Example to Follow This Once Again Shows Were Some Pamphlet from God Was $1 Million and Some Woman Was Made out to Helder for His or Her Family Come up on Stage and All Job and around the Dollars and Look at the Happiest Family Hug Each Other I'm Enough of a Marriage Counselor Knows like so Fake There Probably Therefore I Probably Have All Kinds of Problems. Back at Home, but in That One Brief Moment There. So Ecstatic over That Million Dollars That That Supersedes All of the Petty Problems They Have at Home to Tell You Is If You Could Ever Find the Purpose That God Had for Your Life You Ever Started without That Purpose Wouldn't Cure All the Problems in Your Home What It Would Do Is It with Adult Level of Purpose into Your Life That Would Cause A Lot Of the Stress on the Disappear Because You Would Quit Looking for in Your Home. What You Should Be Finding in the Satisfaction of Living out Plan of God in Your Life Is Your Entire Attitude toward Your Work. Changes Will Always Tell You What Changes Everything. The Gospel, the Gospel Changes Your Attitude toward Your Work.

The Gospel Begins like This. You Were Designed.

You Were Designed by God for the Purpose of Creation Purpose Someone Very Nice As You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. You Have Specific Talents and Skills, God Put Those in You. Some of You That I Am Learning the Believers Are Recognizing That the Gospel Continues That You and I Traded What God Gave Us Instead of Using It for His Glory. Return to Bid on Ourselves. We Became Selfish with That Separated Us from God and Threw Everything Out Of Whack. The Gospel Is That God Loved Us so Much That He Came to Earth to Leverage His Position and His Resources Poured Himself out. You and I Can Be. Say You and I Received That As a Free Gift. If We Ever Get Our Minds around That and We Embrace It Fundamentally Changes Our Attitude toward Our Work Because We Could Say Instead of Using All My Stuff for Me. I Want to Leverage My Life My Resources My Talents Them out for Others. Just As Jesus Is out for Me. The Gospel Transforms Everything, Even Your Work Life. Are You Ready to Do Her Job from Just the Paycheck into the Mission Field. What Better Way to Transform Our Homes and Having a Healthy Perspective on Our Work You're Listening to Send That Life with Jeannie Greer. If You Missed Any of the Previous Messages You Can Hear Them Free of Charge.

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