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GET TO WORK!

Christians sometimes try to divide what they do into two categories—secular and religious.
 But God doesn’t have different sets of rules for our various tasks. – the same God who has
placed you in your workplace, in your field is the same God who placed you and called you in
HIS kingdom.
 Everything we do is to be done as unto the Lord whether on the job, in the home, at school, in
church, or in the community.
 Since this incorporates every aspect of life, we need to know what the Bible says about work in
the lives of believers.
 Let’s read Colossians 3:17 and Colossians 3:22-25:
• “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
through Him to God the Father” (v. 17).
• “Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external
service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing
that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ
whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong
which he has done, and that without partiality” (vv. 22-25).
 Here, Paul’s primary concern is the way we carry out our work.
• Everything is to be done for Christ, with a heart of gratitude and sincerity.
• There is no room for halfhearted efforts or negligence because we think no one is
watching.
• In fact, Paul says we should fear the Lord in all we do, because He’s the one who sees.
• It is God we serve; He is the one to whom we are ACCOUNTABLE and who will REWARD
us for a job well done.

 NOW LET’S EXAMINE WHAT ELSE GOD SAYS ABOUT OUR WORK.

1. WE ARE STEWARDS OF ALL THAT THE LORD HAS ENTRUSTED TO US.


• A steward is a manager of his master’s affairs, and as Christians, we have each been
entrusted with the good works the Lord has ordained for us.
• The goal is not to compare ourselves with others but to be found trustworthy
(1 Cor. 4:2). - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
• In Luke 12:42-48, Jesus tells a story about two stewards—one who was faithfully doing
his assigned job and another who slacked off—
 This parable was told by Jesus to illustrate how His followers are accountable to
Him.
• As Scripture tells us, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required;
and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more” (v. 48).
2. TO ACCOMPLISH THE WORK GOD HAS PLANNED FOR US REQUIRES DISCIPLINE.
• The apostle Paul likened the Christian life to a race and said, “Everyone who competes in
the games exercises self-control in all things” (1 Cor. 9:25).
• If we want to receive a “Well done!” at the end of our life, we must bring our appetites,
emotions, mind, priorities, and tongue under the Lord’s control.
• If we don’t, these things will become detours that sidetrack us or weigh us down and
keep us from finishing the course God has planned (Heb. 12:1).
 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,(KJV: Hebrews 12: 1)
• In 1 Thessalonians 2:9, he tells believers, “For you recall, brethren, our labor and
hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we
proclaimed to you the gospel of God.”
• His desire to be a diligent worker is also described in 2 Thess. 3:6-10.
Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by his authority: Stay away
from any Christian who spends his days in laziness and does not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for
you. 7 For you well know that you ought to follow our example: you never saw us loafing (loitering); 8 we never
accepted food from anyone without buying it; we worked hard day and night for the money we needed to live
on, in order that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 It wasn’t that we didn’t have the right to ask you to
feed us, but we wanted to show you firsthand how you should work for your living. 10 Even while we were still
there with you, we gave you this rule: “He who does not work shall not eat.”
• We all know a lazy attitude causes numerous problems in every walk of life.
 We must obtain the Lord’s attitude concerning the work of God. “I must work the works of Him
that sent Me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work (John 9:4).
• Stop doing “as little as possible” and begin doing “as much as possible”.
• Remember that the Lord will not forget your work and labor of love! (Hebrews 6:10,11).

The Church Never Needs:


• People who “do as little as possible”
• People who rarely show up when a needed WORK is to be done, they don’t want to
participate when they do,
• They constantly complain the sermon is too long, or offer some other kind of complaint.
• We can just imagine that they NEVER study their bible outside of the building,
otherwise they would show evidence by their faithfulness.
3. HOW WE GO ABOUT OUR WORK MATTERS.
 Even if we accomplish all the tasks before us, our results could still fail to please God.
 It isn’t because He’s a harsh taskmaster or perfectionist but because how we work is as
important to Him as what we do. – work but not with the heart
 God wants His children to have joyful, willing hearts as they carry out the tasks they’re called
to, and to do their work with excellence. – pursuit of excellence
• Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
(KJV: 1 Corinthians 10: 31)
 Substandard work or labors done with a sour spirit just won’t cut it.- it will not suffice
 Romans 12:11 “Do not be lazy but work hard, serving the Lord with all your heart.
• The word for “serving the Lord with all your heart” is the same Greek word for "zeal."
• Giving up and becoming lazy is easy, but it takes enthusiasm and fervor and zeal to
remain interested and faithful.
QUESTIONS
• Who is determining what you do—you or God?
• How can you know if you are following the Lord’s plan or your own agenda?
• What would change in your life if you considered yourself a steward of God’s things
rather than the master of your own life?
• As you examine your motives, standards, and work ethic, what changes do you need to
make in order to become a more faithful steward of Christ?
• If I have been describing you, it is high time you repent and get to work in the Lord’s
kingdom (Acts 8:22).
• • If you are truly a Christian who intends to be found worthy of the Lord come the day
of judgment, GET TO WORK!