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Work as ordained by God

In All Things Do It Unto God  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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God ordained work as the normal routine of living. Every legitimate human task, therefore, is of intrinsic worth, however menial it may seem, and is potentially a means of glorifying God.

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Work is ordained by God

Genesis 1:27–28 NLT
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

Employees in a Detroit business office found the following important notice on the bulletin board: “The management regrets that it has come to their attention that workers dying on the job are failing to fall down. This practice must stop, as it becomes impossible to distinguish between death and the natural movement of the staff. Any employee found dead in an upright position will be dropped from the payroll.

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God’s purposes in ordaining work

That people should be self-supporting

Genesis 3:19 NLT
By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
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Everything God creates should produce.

That people should find self-fulfilment

Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.
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That people should serve others

Ephesians 4:28 NLT
If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.
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That people should glorify God

Colossians 3:17 NLT
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
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Consequences of viewing work as God’s ordinance

Work is seen as a moral duty

Titus 3:14 NLT
Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
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Any legitimate work may be seen as God’s calling

Genesis 2:15 NLT
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
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Work is seen as a stewardship from God himself

Colossians 3:23–24 NLT
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
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Criticism of those who will not work

2 Thessalonians 3:10–11 NLT
Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.
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