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Labor Day Lesson

September 4, 2010

This is a sermon that I preached for Labor Day. I thought I would stick it on here for anyone to read if they want to. Let me know your thoughts, and what would you add or take away from it?

This is in oultine form so it may be hard to follow my notes.

Take this Job and Love it

Intro.

Labor Day – Have you ever had a job you hate?

Custodian (twice)-

God has given us three jobs that should be the most important in our life.  We must also prioritize these jobs and make sure that we rank them in the following order:

  1. 1. Our first job is our relationship with Christ

Although this should never feel like a “job” to us, we must be intentional about making this relationship a priority and not place it on the back burner.

Checklist vs. Relationship

If we have already accepted Christ as Lord of our lives then we must:

  • Spend time daily with Him in Bible study and prayer
  • Have a true accountability partner
  • Attend church regularly (recharging)

If we claim to be followers of Christ, then God takes this commitment very seriously

That is why he says in Revelation 3:15-16,

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

Church of Laodecia was very self-sustaining and they were not relying on God.

This seems harsh, but God is serious.

He would rather you not profess to believe than to believe and not live the life

You may say that this cannot be a priority in your life b/c you have never entered into a relationship with Jesus.

If this is you salvation is critical

Romans 3:23

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Romans 10:9

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

  1. 2. The second job that we have is our relationship with our Family.

Family is critical according to Scriptures.

The last thing that God said in the Old Testament was Malachi 4:5-6

5 “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. 6 His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

After this verse God did not speak for 400 years.

This was God’s “last words” in the OT

Last words are always important

There are three important relationships that we must work on.

Relationship to Parents

Ephesians 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

God promises a long life if you obey your parents

He also is upset with those that break the command

Look at:

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

18 “Suppose a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or mother, even though they discipline him. 19 In such a case, the father and mother must take the son to the elders as they hold court at the town gate. 20The parents must say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious and refuses to obey. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of his town must stone him to death. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you, and all Israel will hear about it and be afraid.

I am not encouraging you to stone your children to death, but this is how serious God takes this

There are no recorded events like this actually happening; commentators believe this law was used to deter children from disobeying

Not just children – this applies to adults and their parents also

Many times we think this is a “kid rule”

Relationship to Spouse

John 15:12

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Ephesians 4:2

2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

We must hold our spouses in the highest regard

Relationship to Children

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

This is the primary role of parents – to disciple their children.

How does this look?

  1. Seizing “God sightings” and talking about spiritual things
  2. Family Devotion Times
    1. Wolstore.org
    2. Jesus Story Book Bible
    3. Read a Scripture at dinner and ask what it means and pray
  3. Having spiritual conversations with your family
  4. Praying together
  1. 3. The third job that we have is our profession

Colossians 3:22 – 24

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Work as working for the Glory of God

Johan Sebastian Bach

Every piece of music he signed soli Deo Gloria, or “glory to God alone.”

Can you sign “Soli Deo Gloria” at the end of every work day? School Day? When the Kids go to bed?

Show the love of Christ while in the office

Don’t give in to office gossip, backbiting, water cooler talk –

Ephesians 4:29

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

We are to be imitators of Christ in all that we do

So this morning as we think about Labor Day, my challenge is for you to think about these 3 “jobs” in your own life.

Where do you need to improve the most?

Which job do you, this morning need to ask Christ to help you to become the worker that he has created you to be?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tish Pack permalink
    September 7, 2010 10:30 am

    Well done! Good reminders…..sometimes have a tendency toward complacency when everything is going so well. Miss our daily talks….and laughter.

    • September 8, 2010 3:02 pm

      Thanks Tish! Hope things are going well for you! I hope you are enjoying retirement! I think you are retired…if not please disregard that last sentence!

  2. larry 'the man' laster permalink
    September 7, 2010 2:58 pm

    is there audio somewhere?

  3. Bryan the Poor Fellow Solider of Christ permalink
    September 7, 2010 8:48 pm

    I guess I should have continued reading before I started collecting rocks. Really like the Bach approach.

    • September 8, 2010 3:00 pm

      Thanks Bryan…actually the Bach illustration was from Danielle. She has used it before and I stole it…she’s good like that!

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