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Work—It’s Not a Four Letter Word

A full-time worker will spend approximately 85,000 hours at the workplace in his / her lifetime. God wants these work hours to also be “worship hours.” Rightly defined, worship does not end when we leave the church building. The Apostle Paul said this, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24) What does it look like to honor God on the job, especially given the realities of today’s marketplace? As followers of Christ, we must make sure that we don’t “commute” between our spiritual lives and your vocational lives.

From this Series

Worship While You Work

September 21, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 4

In this broken world, people either see work as a curse (something to be endured) or an idol (something that defines us). As believers, we should see our work as worship – because it is (Colossians 3:23-24). It is interesting to note that of the 52 parables Jesus told, 45 had a workplace context. None of the 12 apostles that Jesus chose came from religious seminaries; and none
belonged to the religious establishment. They were all, basically, businessmen. God wants to leverage and redeem work as an expression of his image in man. Many people work for the weekend, or work for retirement… in other words, work is something to be endured. For believers, work should be seen as an opportunity to express God’s glory.

When Your Boss is a Jerk

September 28, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 4

The workplace may be the environment where we most acutely feel the effects of the Fall. The workplace can be dominated by greed, dishonesty and conflict. There are times when we as believers find ourselves in a difficult work environment with no easy way out. Even in those situations, we are called to respond in a way that reflects the heart of God.

Taking Your Faith to Work

October 5, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 3 of 4

The workplace is the greatest untapped mission field in America. When we go to work, we should work like we are on a mission, because we are. It can be very difficult to know how to work well without hiding your faith in Christ. We must live our lives in a way that provokes a question. In light of this – we should not just work for a paycheck or work for the weekend – we should work for the question.

When Work and Home Collide

October 12, 2014 by Mark Fitch Message 4 of 4

Work should be worship, but we should never worship our work. There is not enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Therefore, something always gets cheated. We need to learn to cheat at work instead of cheating at home. In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon looks around observes a world full of people whose lives are out of balance. In this fallen world, work can easily become the object of our worship; and the place where we find our identity. We must always guard against this by keeping our work in perspective.