THE GOOD LIFE: The Purpose of Work (Part 3)

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Message Recap | 07.27.2014

Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor

How much do you like your present job?  I mean, if you had to rate your current job on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you give it?  Do you feel you have your dream job?  Most Americans are not satisfied with their jobs.  That’s not my opinion, studies have proved that.  However, there was a guy who did have his dream job. Do you know who this was?  It was King Solomon.  (Read 1 Kings 10:27)  This guy literally had everything a person could dream of! And as time went by, he eventually entered a phase where he could kick back and admire all his accomplishments.  But yet, he said he hated life and all of it was meaningless.  (Ecclesiastes 2:17-23) How could this be? Something doesn’t add up.

Can you relate to King Solomon?  Maybe you’re in a place similar to him and you’re just biding your time, waiting for the workday to end, or even waiting for that retirement day to come.

In Part 3 of “The Good Life”,  we will consider what God’s Word says concerning work and labor.  The book of Ecclesiastes is good at identifying the problems we face “under the sun”, that is life apart from God.  But it takes the rest of the Bible to provide the answers to these real life dilemmas.

Do you realize many of us miss a level of satisfaction we can experience at work because we rarely see it as a spiritual act?  Yet when we invite God into our work, it can begin to transform our experience.  It might continue to be hard, we may still have to pray and plan to get into a different career, but God has a way of bringing meaning to us even in the routine, every day, tasks we perform.

So, what foundation does the Bible give us concerning work?  The Bible begins talking about work as soon as it begins talking about anything.  That is how important and basic work is.  Really, it begins in Genesis Chapter 2 where you see God at work!  Not just speaking, but working.  He is at work as Creator, as Provider, and as Commissioner.  The book of Genesis leaves us with a striking truth; work was part of paradise.  Work was part of God’s perfect design for human life, because we were made in God’s image. Work didn’t come into the world as a result of sin or the fall… It was part of God’s perfect plan from the very beginning!

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating topic, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/good-life for the complete message.

Friend, human life works properly when it is conducted in line with the “owner’s manual”, the commandments of God.  When we are apart from God’s commandments, everything “under the sun” becomes meaningless.  Apart from God, work and life struggle to make sense.  We labor and toil and find ourselves empty just like King Solomon.  This week, let’s agree to pray and ask God to show us ways to honor Him in our work.  Let’s ask Him to then guide our way so that we can shine brightly in our workplace.  Who knows, maybe we might touch someone’s life with the way we do “everything as unto the Lord”, while we work.

Two great resources: “The God of Yes” by Jud Wilhite and “Every Good Endeavor” by Timothy Keller.

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