Work and the Glory of God

When I was in to Hong Kong for 5.5 weeks, I was sad to miss out on Pillar Retreat because I was excited about this year’s topic and speaker – “Work and the Glory of God” by Pastor James from Crosslife. Thankful I found time to listen to part of the series before heading into work this week, so that my perspective on work can be refreshed and refocused for the new school year!

Listen to the series here: www.pillarbaptist.com/series/retreat-2016-work

The Glory of God in Work

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. –Psalm 19:1-2

  • Use time from 9-5 to glorify God most effectively
  • We often have a dichotomy of school as worldly and church as holy
  • Work has an inherent, intrinsic value
  • Easy to become discontent with work
  • Genesis 1:1 – record of God working. Through work, God created us, and he thought it was good. It was good because it was a reflection of who God is, and God is good.
  • What we do => who we are => what God did => who God is
  • See worth of work grounded in the person, essence, character of God rather than finding worth in how much money you make and how prestigious it is viewed in the world
  • Concern ourselves with how to best express and reflect the glory and character of God
  • Four factors involved in choosing a job: 1) desire, 2) gifts, 3) resources, 4) responsibilities
  • Theology of work affects not only what you should do, but also the way you should work
  • We who are the image-bearers of God should be able to see our work as good without deceit, laziness, complaint, or pride

The Love for Man Through Work

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. — Matthew 22:39

  • Recommended book: Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
  • How we are to love our neighbor through our work
  • Work is where you are providing a service or product for another person
  • How work serves humanity
  • God’s redemptive work surpasses God’s creative work in power, design, beauty
  • Because of God’s work, we have a relationship with God
  • 2 Corinthians 4:6
  • Work fulfills second commandment and extends God’s provision to man
  • Being used by God to serve others so that we can extend God’s love to people

The Corruption of 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,’ cursed 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, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” –Genesis 3:17-19

The Redemption of Work

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