Series: That Thing You Do
Title: Part 4
Date: April 24-25, 2016
Speaker: Geoff Surratt
Work can be AWESOME - some of us really enjoy work and need to be careful not to work too much.
My work become more and more about me. Work became my identity. I began to look to work to have my needs met: satisfaction, significance, and purpose.
“Imagining and trusting anything to deliver the control, security, significance, satisfaction, and beauty that only the real God can give. It means turning a good thing into an ultimate thing.” - Tim Keller
We are tempted to turn work, a good thing, into the ultimate thing.
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves" - Genesis 11:1–4
Pride was the Problem
- Pride is not about feeling good
- Pride is about feeling superior
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.” - C.S. Lewis
Pride is putting anything but God at the center of our lives. Pride destroys my life from the inside out. Pride is SOUL CANCER
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. - James 4:6
Who do you work for?
- Other people
What is your job?
- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit - Matthew 28:19
- Make Disciples - Remember: Everything is Spiritual
Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. - Deuteronomy 5:12–14
Sabbath is Recalibration Day
- Who do I work for?
- What is my job?
Story of Mary and Martha: Luke 10:38-42
- Who is at the center of my universe?
- Where do I look to meet my needs?
- Where is pride taking root in my life?
· What is the worst job you have ever had?
· Geoff mentioned that we are tempted to turn work, a good thing, into the ultimate thing. We begin to look to our work to have our needs meet (more than just our financial needs). Have you ever experienced this dynamic? What did it look like for you?
· Have you ever struggled with pride (feeling superior) related to your work?
· Is there anything that helps you deal with pride in your work?
· Read Luke 10:38-42.
· What did Mary do while Martha attended to household preparations? (v. 39-40)
· What did Jesus think of Mary’s choice? (v. 41-42)
· Are there any ways in which you identify with Mary or Martha? If so, how?
· What steps could you take this week to make time with Jesus a priority?
· Read Deuteronomy 5:12-14. What comes to mind when you think about observing the Sabbath?
· What would have to happen for you to begin to engage in something like the Sabbath (i.e. time to recalibrate, time to ask questions, time to be with God)?
· 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?