Honoring God in Our Work – Part 2

This post continues to answer a question about how we honor God in our work.  You can see the first of these two posts here: Honoring God in Our Work – Part 1.

10-9-09 066  We honor God when we grow where we are planted. Moses is a good example of growing where you are planted.  He spent 40 years learning to be a prince of Egypt then when he fled to Midian, he spent 40 years learning to shepherd sheep which was preparation for shepherding the people of Israel for the last 40 years of his life.  Moses needed the knowledge and experience of both the time as a prince and the time as a shepherd to be the man God needed to lead them to the promised land.

We honor God when we follow His example and rest when it is time to rest so we can spend time with Him and be ready to work hard when the time comes.  Exodus 31:14-17 "‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people. [15] For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy (set apart) to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. [16] The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. [17] It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’”

We honor God in our work when we acknowledge Him rather than taking all the glory for ourselves. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.* God is the source of all blessings that come our way—we should go out of our way to let people know how God has helped us.

Below is an example of Abraham giving God the glory for what he does in his life.

Romans 4:18-25 "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”* [19] Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. [20] Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, [21] being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. [22] This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” [23] The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, [24] but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. [25] He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."

We honor God in our work when we tithe.   Leviticus 27:32 "The entire tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod—will be holy to the LORD."

We honor God in our work when we complete the work he called us to do:  Exodus 39:32 "[32] So all the work on the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the LORD commanded Moses."  and Exodus 39:42-43 "[42] The Israelites had done all the work just as the LORD had commanded Moses. [43] Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.

We honor God when we are generous and charitable and concerned about others in our work.  Deuteronomy 24:19-22  "[19] When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. [20] When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. [21] When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. [22] Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.

We honor God in our work when we submit to authority--Romans 13:1-5 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. [2] Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. [3] For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. [4] For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. [5] Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience."

Hebrews 13:17 "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you."

Can you think of other ways we honor God in our work?  Be sure to leave a comment and share your thoughts.



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