Today I conquered a recent obstacle…the eight mile run. I have for some reason struggled to get back to this distance. Today I set out to the levee to run. I stopped by the church and saw my friend Chris Ladd. He is a strong runner and said he wanted to run with me.
Doing work is something we do. Some of us do it out of passion and purpose and others of us out of obligation and duty. Meaning some find joy in it, while others find misery from it.
What does the Bible have to say about work? Why do we have to do it? What is its purpose? Is it a good thing in Creation or a result of the fall of Creation?
That is what we will be examining in the next 4 weeks in #Doing Work at Fellowship. We will discuss God’s purposes, his plans, his creation, and the discipline of rest. Work will address your job you get paid for and the many more you do not. We all have life duties and responsibilities (or work, if you would) we must do.
I want ask you a couple of questions for brain fuel between now and Sunday. If someone were to look back at your social media accounts over the past year, what would they say is your opinion of work?
Do you begrudge the Monday Blues?
Do you sing the Hump Day song?
Do you yell TGIF weekly?
Do you complain and bemoan work?
We live in a culture with an increasing negativity towards work and a growing reward system for not doing it. The younger generation believes their work is worth 10 fold what they have accomplished and the older generation is tired of carrying the weight.
More and more work is a negative necessity. I believe God desires to redeem work. God has good for you in His plans. There is grace and purpose and passion and…even fun.
Are you willing to allow God to give you His view of what you do?
That change of view might change your whole life.
See you Sunday.
I am going to backtrack and pick up where I failed to blog about the message from Joshua 3 and 4. In these chapters, Joshua lead the people of God across the Jordan River. The command of God was that the priests would take the Ark of the Covenant (a heavy wooden, gold covered box with holy relics in it that represented the presence of God in their midst) into the Jordan River…and THEN…he would part the waters.
Often we lose because we expect to. Quit expecting a God that can do anything to do nothing.
Expend the Obedience.
Experience the Power.
Joshua comes across an armed man and asks him “Are you for us or against us?” He is then told by the man, “No. I am the commander of the Lord’s Army and I have come.” He is then told to take off his sandals because he is on Holy Ground.
I find this to be a very interesting interaction because Joshua expected a certain answer. Either, “I am for you” or “I am against you.” It was not a yes/no question. The answer, “No.”
The issue that Joshua dealt with that day is one we must deal with every day if we are going to live victorious in life as followers of Jesus Christ. It is the issue of having the right question for wrong person. It is not yours to ask God, “Are you for me or against me?” It is God’s to ask you, “Are you for me or against me?”
I know Scripture teaches us “If God is for us then who can be against us.” The problem is that we assume that if in every decision we make. Is God for your decision to sin against him? No. He is not in your divorce decision because your spouse is a difficult person. He is not for that because he told you He is not for that in His Word. No he is not for your plan to get rich by tithing to the church that says you will get rich by tithing to that church. “The Son of Man had no place to lay his head.” He said come follow him.
Winners quit expecting exact blessings and accept the ones extended to them.
Joshua did not get the blessing he wanted. Yes, I am here for you. He got the blessing of, “I am here.”
(I failed to blog on the previous week’s message about the crossing of Jordan River, but the priests had to step into the flooding waters before God did anything.) The truth is that God is often telling us, “No, this is not all going away. But neither am I.” Yet, we want a different blessing. An exact one. A life of our choosing…not His. Yet we still confess him Lord, while all the while lording over his lordship.
Winners quit seeking the victory and seek the Victor.
Jesus won. Walk with him and win.
In the beginning of Joshua 5, we learn that the people that live in the land the Israelites have just entered are in great fear of them because God parted the Jordan River. There was an expectation of greatness and victory.