Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 6 – July 16, 2017

Three Questions on work:

1) Why did Jesus work?

  • John 5:17 “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
  • John 5:19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.

2) What is God’s work?

  • John 6:28-29 – Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” [29] Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.

3) Why do we work?

Colossians 3:22-24 (ESV) – [22] Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. [23] Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, [24] knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

The “Why” of our work finds ultimate significance in the “Who” We work for –> either for man or for God

1. Man

  • ultimately a self serving pursuit of glory
  • we want to be noticed, we want the glory
  • working for man is really all about me

2. God

  • not as a means of earning favor, grace, love, or blessing
  • but because you have been shown favor, given grace, are loved, and have been blessed by God.
  • Motivated by:
    • God’s character – creator God who has made us in his image
    • God’s commands – there is still much work to be done
    • Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

If God created you, loved you, and saw you in his family before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), then surely the work he has for you to do on this earth has incredible significance to him.

Colossians 3:24 – knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Paul in Colossians is writing to a group of slaves (“Bondservants” – 1.22).

If Roman slaves could work heartily, with sincerity and honor for the glory of God in all of their tasks, then certainly we can too.

We work with no guarantee that things will go our way in this life, but we believe that there is a promised future in Christ that is worth the work in this life.

Our work matters because of Him who loves us, has placed us here, and calls us to work for His glory and not our own.