Immeasurably More In Our Work | Immeasurably More | Week 5

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Immeasurably More In Our Work | Immeasurably More | Week 5
Pastor Jericho Toilolo
  • Ephesians 3:20
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:12 
  • Genesis 2:15
  • Psalm 100:2, 102:22;
 
  1.  We have an immeasurably greater purpose to our work.
    • Genesis 1:26; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
  2. We have an immeasurably higher standard for our work.
    • Colossians 3:23-24
  3. We have an immeasurably higher calling for our work.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:9

Reflection Questions

  1. Do you view your work, whatever that may be, as good?
  2. In Genesis, God originally intended work to be a reflection of our love and worship of him. How do your attitudes and efforts at work reflect obedience to God’s original intent?
  3. As Christians, we’re called to represent God in our workplace. Reflect on how you may or may not represent God to your coworkers, executives, or clients.
  4. If you manage or oversee people, reflect on how others may receive you. Another helpful way to ask this might be, “What is it like being on the other side of me?” Ask God to reveal areas for you to grow in your workplace relationships.
  5. Reflect on Colossians 3:23-24. In what specific ways can you take a step this week to glorify God in your work?

Scriptures To Meditate On

“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. Serve the Lord Christ.”
Colossians 3:23-24 LSB

“But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 ESV

Resources

Podcast | Becoming Something: Following Jesus in the Workplace with Jonathan Pokluda
This podcast episode talks about what it looks like to be used by God no matter your choice of career. As Christians we're all in ministry, it just depends on where we do it!

Book | Garden City by John Mark Comer
From the first page of the Bible forward, human beings were made to rule over the earth, to gather up the raw materials of planet earth, and carve out a world. Garden City speaks to all of us who are searching for our calling in life or just trying to find meaning in the everyday. In the end, this book is an invitation to ask the ancient, primal human question: Why am I here and what should I do about it?
Webinar | Life Planning for Real Women with Jess Connolly
You live a full life — but full should feel abundant, not burdening. Jess Connolly will coach you through big-picture planning strategies and share the detailed tools that help her live a multi-missional, abundant life.

Spiritual Practice To Try

This week, try the spiritual practice of slowing down. We often get caught up in the cultural status of what we have and what we do. Simplicity and slowing down are countercultural – bringing this Kingdom-minded environment to our workplaces can radically shift our attitudes and our relationships at work.

This week, create space before and after meetings to reflect and become intentionally present to your work and coworkers. Try limiting your choices and simplifying distractions so that you’re operating in a slower, more reflective pace at work. Ask Jesus where he wants to meet you and your coworkers today – join him there!

Something To Think About

As we’re talking about the workplace this week, I appreciate that Pastor Jericho allowed space for our stay-at-home parents and those who find themselves without work or retired.

We all have things that we do that can be for the glory of God and for the Kingdom of Heaven. Regardless of how our week is organized or structured, God wants to use your giftings, your home, and your time for his Kingdom. You can find fulfillment in worshipping him through how you use your body or you words or your gifts.

I think about even cleaning my home or cleaning your kitchen. This can feel like a mundane task, but when we operate out of a heart of worship, this simple task becomes powerful Kingdom work. Even doing dishes – this can feel so repetitive! We load the dishwasher just so we can unload it in a few hours and then almost immediately feel like we’re loading it with dirty dishes again. But if I think of my kitchen as a space God has given me dominion in, I feel excited that I get to cultivate a specific environment there. Cleaning my kitchen is operating in a gift of hospitality to create an environment for my family but also for our friends, students, or neighbors that we host in our home.

For the mom that feels like she’s constantly cleaning and picking up after a toddler. Your work is worship. You clean and declutter so that your child can start afresh in a clean space where they get to explore, try new foods, and learn new things in a safe, loving, Kingdom-focused environment. That is powerful Kingdom work. That is worship.

Lydia Long
Adult Ministries Pastor
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