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The High Calling of Work

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Sermon shared by Johnny Creasong

September 2007
Summary: What woulf happen if we made Philippians 4:8 our job description?
Series: Labor Day
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
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employee, I will make it my job to be honest.
The word translated here as “noble” denotes seriousness of purpose and self-respect in conduct. 1 Timothy 2:2 translates the word as “honest”.

1 Timothy 2:2
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
(KJV)

Am I honest in my approach to my work? Do I give a week’s work for a week’s pay?

• As an employee, I will make it my job to have a right attitude.

Do I go to work with a “Bad” attitude? Oswald Chambers says, “Moods don’t go by praying; moods go by kicking them.”

"Our words come out of our attitudes. We can let circumstances shape our perspective, or we can use a good perspective to shape our circumstances—in the high calling of our daily work." —Howard E. Butt, Jr.

• As an employee, I will make it my job to think pure thoughts about my boss and my fellow employees.
If my fellow employees could read my mind, would they be embarrassed?

• As an employee, I will make it my job to do my work as if to make my boss say, “I love it!”
That’s what the word here translated “lovely” means. Literally it say that whatever pushs me toward love, that’s what I ought to be thinking about! I will do as I think!
• As an employee, I will make it my job to be admirable.
When my employer talks about my work, does he/she say “good things” or are they having to redo it because I’ve not given it my best? Our work itself has intrinsic value to God, so doing a good job is actually an act of worship.
• As an employee, I will make it my job to expect no less than excellence in my work.
We must never be “less good” than those who do not claim Christ as Lord. Every Christian must work “as unto the Lord”! Could God feel go about signing my paycheck?
• As an employee, I will make it my job to be worthy of my employer’s praise.
There once was a small businessman who trusted his three employees to take care of business while he was gone. Two of the employees made a profit for their employer, doubling his investment in them. Do you know what the employer’s evaluation of those two employees was? “Well Done!” The third employee made no effort to make any money for his employer. When the time came for his evaluation, what did the employer do? He fired him!
(By the way, this story was told by Jesus and it is recorded for us in Matthew 25:14-30.)

Work in a way that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

Philipians 4:8
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

Colossians 3:17, 22-24
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Servants, do what
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