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01, September 2010

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Your Work Matters to God (1)

‘…My Father never stops working, and so I keep working, too.’ John 5:17 NCV
A salesman stopped to visit a client and was amazed to find a big dog emptying wastebaskets. ‘All part of the job!’ the dog said cheerfully. ‘Does your boss know how fortunate he is to have a talking dog?’ the salesman asked. ‘No,’ replied the dog, ‘and don’t tell him?or he’ll have me answering phones next!’ The Bible says, ‘…there is nothing better than to…find satisfaction in work… these pleasures are from…God.’ (Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT) Max Lucado says, ‘Before God gave Adam a wife or a child…He…gave him a job…in ‘the garden…to cultivate…and keep it.’ (Genesis 2:15 NAS) God deems work worthy of its own engraved commandment: ‘You shall work six days, but on the seventh…you shall rest…’ (Exodus 34:21 NAS) But emphasis on the day of rest can make us miss the command to work… your work matters to God…and society… Cities need plumbers. Nations need soldiers. Traffic lights break. Bones break… Someone has to raise kids, raise cane, and manage the kids who raise Cain! Whether you log on or lace up…you imitate God… Jesus said, ‘My Father never stops working…so I keep working too.’ (John 5:17 NCV) Your career consumes half of your lifetime. Shouldn’t it broadcast God? Don’t those 40-60 hours a week belong to Him too? The Bible never promotes workaholism…as pain medication, but God calls the physically able to till the gardens He gives… So use your uniqueness (what you do), to make a big deal out of God (why you do it), every day of your life (where you do it).’

SoulFood: Ezek 16:53-19:14, Luke 19:11-27, Ps 103:13-22, Pr 19:17

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