Summary: A Labor Day sermon on how we need to get to work for God from the life of Aquila and Priscilla
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For most Americans tomorrow is a holiday
Its Labor Day, & in the opinion of some, it is the most hypocritical of all of our holidays.
They say that if Labor Day is a celebration of the unique rights & freedoms that we, as workers, enjoy in our nation
That if we’re really thankful that we have jobs while some don’t
That if we’re really serious about labor being a blessing, then what we should do on Labor Day is go to work & tell the boss
"I’m going to work today, & I’m going to work for free, just for the joy of working."
But no, we’re not going to do that, are we?
Most of us will say, "I don’t want to work on Labor Day,
But I do expect to get paid for it anyway."
Maybe we’re not quite as dedicated to the celebration of labor as we thought.
So let me ask you a few questions
"Do you really like your job?
How many of you look forward to going to work on Monday mornings because you really miss seeing your boss?
How many of you miss your fellow workers so much that you can hardly wait to get back & see how they’re doing?"
Now if you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, then you’re in the minority.
Surveys reveal that 65% of American workers are unhappy with their jobs.
Many of them go to work simply because they have no other choice.
"I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go."
They would probably tell you that they are unhappy with what they do
Because it is the same old routine day after day
And their life seems to be a meaningless merry-go-round
With no real purpose to it.
Its kind of like Tennessee Ernie Ford sang, "You load 16 tons, & what do you get, another day older & deeper in debt."
Now this morning, I want to share with you what I believe will help you see our work as an exciting opportunity to serve God
One of our problems in life is that we divide everything into secular & spiritual categories.
We say that over here is the secular, & over there is the spiritual.
And we spend the best hours of every day in the secular world.
We say, "We’d really like to serve God, but we have to spend so much time on our secular job."
So we give God a few hours on Sunday morning.
Maybe another hour on Sunday night, & that’s about all for a lot of people.
The truth is God wants all of our time
This morning we are going to look at a very interesting couple in the N.T.
That devoted their time to their Lord
Some couples know how to make the most of life
They compliment each other
Capitalizing on each other’s strengths
And form an effective team
Their united efforts affect those around them
Aquila and Priscilla were such a couple
They are never mentioned separately in the Bible
In marriage and ministry they were together
Aquila and Priscilla met Paul in Corinth during his second missionary journey
They opened their home to Paul
And he joined them in tent making
That was their profession
But is was also their ministry
They used their home as a warm place for training and worship
Back in Rome, years later, they hosted one of the house churches that developed
We can learn a few things from Aquila and Priscilla
Things about what it means to labor for our Lord
READ ACTS 18:2-3
I. Work with your companions
Aquila and Priscilla quickly became close friends of Paul
Paul shared with them his wealth of spiritual wisdom
And they made the most of their spiritual education
They listened carefully to sermons and evaluated what they heard
When they heard a man named Apollos speak they were impressed by his ability
But realized that his information was not complete
But instead of open confrontation
The couple quietly took Apollos home and shared with him what he needed to know
You see, until then, Apollos had only John the Baptist’s message about Christ
He had only heard what John had said about Jesus
John and Apollos focused on repentance from sin, the first step
But the whole message is to repent from sin and then believe in Christ
Aquila and Priscilla told him about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection
And the reality of God’s indwelling of the Holy Spirit
He continued to preach powerfully
But now with the full story
This couple could have openly condemned Apollos’ incomplete message
But they chose to take him in
And do it in a loving manner
And show him the way of salvation