Summary: Let's talk about why our work matters.
“Faith On Sunday – Work On Monday”
OPEN: Every week as I’m preparing for Sunday, I get excited about what I’m studying, and I think to myself, “If only people could get a hold of the principles here - what a difference it would make in their lives and our world.” Now that’s a weekly kind of thing with me – God’s word constantly gets me excited. And that’s especially true about today. – If only people could get a hold of what’s really here – what a difference it would make in their lives. We come to the section in Ephesians 6:5, that speaks about how we ought to relate to God and others through our job. Some of you may think the Bible is just an old book of religious stories, but the Bible is more up-to-date than tomorrow’s newspaper. It is extremely practical. It speaks to us where we are right now. This book not only tells you how to have a good family life, it tells you how you ought to perform in your job 9 to 5, five or six days during the week.
If you work just 40 hours a week from age 18 to age 65 you will log in 97,760 hours of your life – that’s literally 1/3 of your life spent at work. How do you feel about the 98,000 hours you are putting in? A survey conducted by USA Today reports that 65% of Americans really don’t enjoy their work. Only 10% reported that they did. It’s not a joy; it’s a job. It’s not a delight; it’s a drudgery. Sixty five percent said they don’t really like their work. That’s why the whole attitude of America is, “T.G.I.F” “Thank God It’s Friday.” Most people aren’t happy with their jobs. Most people go to work simply because they have no other choice. “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go.” For the overwhelming majority work is dull and meaningless. There was a book that came out several years ago called, “The Day America Told the Truth” it said only one in four employees gives his or her best effort on the job. And that about 20% of the average worker’s time is wasted, this producing in effect, a four-day-week. Ill. – I’ve worked with people whose primary goal each day was to see how much time they could waste every day. They would take pride in the fact that they could find a place to hide and jip the company out of work. It was their daily entertainment.
Like it or not, the Bible is a book that opens with the topic of work.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Verse two of Gen. 1 says the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. To paraphrase this in modern language, “things were an absolute mess and the Spirit of God recognized there was a lot of work to be done” And that’s exactly what happens – In Gen. 1:3 through Gen 2:2 God is at work. That entire section is a log of God’s work ending with the statement that upon completion: