Honoring God in Our Work – Part 1

I recently received this email and felt it was a good topic to share in some posts.

I was asked from the church that my family and I attend, to do a study and share at our winter bible school on how to honor God at work. I came across your site and what a blessing. I have never stood in front of 400 people before to share Gods word, and I really battle as to what chapter and verses to use ( referring to our jobs ). I spent a lot of time in prayer and asking God to bring something in front of me. One chapter God has laid in front of me is Colossians 3:17 – 4:5, is there anything that comes to your mind what I could use or do you have any good pointers for me how to lay this out and represent it to church. I look forward to hear from you.

Thanks and God Bless you with your ministry 

Sam

Thanks, Sam, for the question and feedback.

My first thought was the passage Sam already mentioned...Colossians 3:17 says,  "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. " 

God wants us to do whatever we do in His name.  Everything we do should be done in a way that honors God.

Also, I thought of the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness after God, through Moses, delivered the Israelites out of Egypt. 

Moses mosaic on display at the Cathedral Basil...Exodus 35:30-35  “Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, [31] and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts— [32] to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, [33] to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. [34] And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. [35] He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them master craftsmen and designers.”

 

What I always think about here is that God gave them the skill and ability to do the work.  This passage says in verse 31, "and he has filled him with the Spiritu of God, with skill, ability and knowledge..."  God wants us to do the work he has prepared us to do with excellence.

Another passage that has a lot to offer on this topic is the book on Nehemiah.  Nehemiah and many other Israelites were in captivity.  God impressed upon Nehemiah the need for the to build the wall defenses of Jerusalem.  They did this in a miraculous amount of time—just over 50 days.

We honor God when we allow Him to do the miraculous through us.   Nehemiah 6:16 "When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God."

Another passage that relates to letting God do the miraculous through us is when Jesus sent out the 70 disciples they came back talking about the miraculous things God had done through them. Luke 10:17 "The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

We honor God in our work when we persevere through difficult times.  Nehemiah 6:9 "They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”  [But I prayed,] “Now strengthen my hands.”

We honor God when we do whatever we do with excellence.  Paul says, "whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" verse 23 of the passage you mentioned earlier.   

We honor God when we work hard,  Proverbs 14:23 "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."

We honor God in our work when we live as ambassadors -- living a life that honors God before the people around us and sharing the message of reconciliation with the people in our circle of influence.  Sharing the message involves living it so people see it (a picture is worth a thousand words) and sharing it in whatever way God enables us (some are gifted with speaking the message, some share the message through their gifting as servants, some teach, some preach, some are gifted as listeners, etc.)

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 says, "[18] All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: [19] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. [20] We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. [21] God made him who had no sin to be sin* for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

We honor God in our work when we intercede for those we work with in prayer.  Jesus is our example for this--he prays for his disciples in John 17:6-19.  Also in Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul prays for fellow believers.

Next time I’ll share more ways we honor God in our work.

Please leave a comment and tell us your thoughts on honoring God in work.

Blessings

Tim

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