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Summary: I talk about how God wants us to see our places of employment (or school) as opportunities to make a difference.

Search for Significance at Work/School

Intro: Did you know that in a recent survey it was found that 65% of American workers are unhappy with their jobs? There are a lot of factors leading to unsatisfaction with their jobs. But if you are looking for a little excitement in a new career how many of you would consider applying for one of these most dangerous professions? A). Bicycle Messenger--There are about 1500 bicycle messengers in New York City. Messengers are paid between $3 and $30 per trip. A good bike messenger should make about $125 a day. The faster you are, the more you can make, especially during rush hour. You have to supply your own bike (usually a $500 to $1200 mountain bike), safety gear and health insurance. The messenger company gives you a walkie-talkie and a big bag. Messengers work around the clock and break every rule in the book. Many practice "snatching" or grabbing onto a car or truck to speed up their trip. Contact individual messenger services in large cities for more information. How about being a smoke jumper? If the thought of being parachuted into a raging inferno and having to fight your way back until you can be airlifted out many sleepless nights later appeals to you, then you should try smoke jumping. Smoke jumpers are firefighters who must be in the air within 10 minutes and parachute into remote areas to fight fires. Dropped from small planes as low as 1500 feet in altitude, they quickly must hike to the scene of the fire, and instantly begin to chop and backburn areas to head off forest fires before they get too big. The work is all manual and requires strength, endurance and an ability to work around the clock if need be.

I think for a lot of us what is needed is not a job change but a change in our attitude about our current job.

ILLUSTRATION: A husband and his wife woke up one Sunday morning and the wife dressed for church. It was just about time for the service when she noticed her husband hadn’t moved a finger toward getting dressed. Perplexed, she asked, “Why aren’t you getting dressed for church?” He said, “Cause I don’t want to go.” She asked, “Do you have any reasons?” He said, “Yes, I have three good reasons. First the congregation is cold. Second, no one likes me.

And third, I just don’t want to go.”The wife replied, wisely, “Well honey, I have three reasons why you should go.First the congregation is warm. Second, there are a few people there who like you. And third, you’re the pastor!So get dressed!” Even pastors need a change in their attitude sometimes.

Tonight I want to talk about the search for significance in your place of employment. Or if you are a student and not working I want you to think about this in terms of you going to school. I want us to look at a passage tonight that might seem a little odd. It is found in Ephesians 6:5-9. Let’s read it. It is important to understand that the church was born in the midst of slavery. “There were probably 60 million slaves in the Roman Empire at that time. Most of those people probably enjoyed more humane conditions than slaves at other places and times, but they were still slaves. It was not any fun. But, life for many folks in the Roman Empire was not fun. If slavery would have been abolished overnight, life would have become more difficult for most of those 60 million people. After the Civil War, black Americans who had been freed from slavery faced great challenges in adjusting to life as free men and free women. In the Roman Empire, those challenges would have been hundreds of times greater. I think Paul realized it would have been a foolish mistake to make emancipation the main cause of the early church. We need to remember the Bible destroys slavery’s foundation. Even though the New Testament does not attack the institution of slavery directly, it strikes a deadly blow against it. In Galatians 3:28, Paul tells us that in Jesus Christ there is neither slave nor free. Both are equal. Some try to discredit Christianity by claiming the Bible condones slavery. But, if it was not for the New Testament, slavery would probably be a thriving institution.” Dan Erickson

The principles found here can be applied to our work situation, school situation. Or if you are a stay at home mom I want you to know this applies to you. Paul gives some specific instruction to all of us here. They are actually a change of perspective.

1). Have the right attitude toward youremployer/teachers (Vs. 5-6)

It’s important that you do what you were hired to do and do it with the right attitude toward your employer. You are to do your job as if Jesus Himself is giving you the instruction. As a matter of fact the scripture teaches us that it is God’s will that you do your job from your heart. You and I are to respect our employer. You may say, “this doesn’t apply to me—I’m self-employed!” That may be so but you have a heavenly boss that you will answer to. It’s a very significant thing to do when you are respecting your employer (even though he or she might be rough around the edges.) You see when you do what you are asked you are obeying Christ. When it is hard to do what you have been asked—remember you are a servant of Christ. Sometimes we think that we have our religious life and then we have our secular life. They all go together. Employers (bosses) this same word is for you. See verse 9

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