Series: That Thing You Do
Title: Part 2
Date: April 16-17, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
What if our work is how we give our best selves (the image of God) to those around us?
Our Calling: No matter where you work or what you do, work with God for the good of others with the best of who you are!
Solomon pursued meaning through work and then he said: So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. Ecclesiastes 2:17a
What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? Ecclesiastes 2:22
Why is work so hard?
Genesis helps us understand why work can be so difficult.
God created work good: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. - Genesis 2:15
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the ﬁeld. Genesis 3:17-18
Work is not the curse, but your work is cursed.
Our Work Problems: Relational, Emotional, Spiritual, Physical
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Genesis 3:8-10
The man said, “The woman you put here with me— she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:12-13b
Sin creates: Fear, Shame, Blame, Deceit
If you don’t understand the problem you will think people are the problem. People are never the problem.
For our struggle is not against ﬂesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
What Jesus said about people who cause problems for you:
· Love your enemies.
· Pray for those that persecute you.
Why is work so hard? Our world is subject to decay, but God has called you to something different. Resist evil and submit yourself to God.
What causes ﬁghts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? James 4:1 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will ﬂee from you. James 4:7Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
Through our work, God is making all things new and inviting us to be a part of what He is doing: Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the ﬁrst heaven and the ﬁrst earth had passed away, Revelation 21:1aThere will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4b He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:5a
· As a result of this series, how have you seen your work or job differently?
· Did you find any practical ways this week to work with God for the good of others with the best of who you are?
· In what ways have you found work to be hard and difficult?
· How have you seen Fear, Shame, Blame, or Deceit impacting your work or your work place?
· Phil, mentions that people are not our problem, but the results of sin, evil, and the fall are the problem. How would you react to this statement?
· Read James 4:1-12
· What is the root cause of fights and quarrels between people? (v. 1-3)
· How did James describe the way we should come to God? (v. 7-10)
· What does it look like for you to humble yourself and submit to God?
· How are you called to treat the people that are causing you problems? What would that look like for you this week?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?