In this sermon, our founding pastor, speaks on “God and My Work”– why we work, how to regard our work, and how our faith should be reflected in our work. Here are some excerpts:

“…Now I want to ask three very basic questions and the first one is this:

 1.   Why should we have to work at all?…

Remember — an inherent dignity attaches to any honest workman because everyone who does his or her appointed daily task to the best of his or her ability is helping God to bless His earthly creatures. It was when Jesus had been a carpenter for 20 years that the Voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased!” (Matthew 3:17). Why should we have to work? Because God made us for work.

2.   How ought we to regard our daily work?…

a. We should regard it as a means of self—fulfillment…

b. We should regard our work as a means of serving God and our fellow human beings…

3.  How ought our Christian faith to express itself in the way we do our work?

Surely the message of our Lord’s parable of the Talents is just this — “be faithful in all your work; not necessarily successful, but faithful.” God has given you talents; develop them and use them to His glory.

Your work may be dusting rooms or operating a computer or making a piece of furniture or teaching a class or studying hard at school or slugging it out amid the noise and clamor of a modern office. Your job may sometimes bore, frustrate or exasperate you. You may feel that what you do doesn’t really count for much. But Jesus says, “Be faithful; give it your very best shot; and God will be glorified.”…

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

 

September 3, 1995

Luke 16:3

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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