Summary: The church that Jesus intends is made up of people who understand the connection between their work and their calling. The key to being effective as we learn from Joseph is to be N.I.C.E.R. (an acrostic of 5 truths)

Your Work And Your Calling

Video – Labor Day Inspiration

Good morning MGCC!

THIS MORNING – Labor Day Sunday 2019… I want to unpack not only a powerful… BUT – a life and community impacting truth, about ‘Your Work and Your Calling.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 90:17

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. – Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:23,24

NOW – Labor Day has been celebrated in our country beginning late in the 19th century…

Anyone know who that lady is? (picture on the screen)

NOW - Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military.

OKAY – here are some facts about Labor…

• The first Labor Day celebration took place in New York City in 1882 when 10,000 rival union leaders joined forces to protest the unfair labor practices that plagued industry at the time.

• In 1894 Congress made the first Monday in September an official federal Holiday

• Labor Day is the 3rd favorite Holiday of Americans right behind #2 Memorial Day and #1 Christmas Day’

• 25% of Americans plan to get out of town on Labor Day Weekend… ~ 90% by car and ~ 10% by air.

#5 – Chicago

#4 – Orlando

#3 - LA

#2 – Las Vegas

#1 - NYC

• Labor Day marks the end of hot dog eating season (actually is one according to the National Hotdog and Sausage Council. The season runs from Memorial day to Labor Day where Americans eat 818 hotdogs ever second or ~ 7 billion hotdogs)

• 102 million Americans will have a cookout

• The first waffle house opened up on Labor day 1955

• Marks the closing of pools and the ending of ladies wearing white

• Kings Dominion Law is changed (44 of 133 school districts most east of I 95 could not begin until after Labor day… now the can but it must be a 4 day weekend).

• International Bacon takes place on the Saturday before Labor day… “Bacon Is A Vegetable”

YES – it is Labor day weekend and…

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 90:17

UNDERSTAND MGCC - what you do 40+ hours every week… matters.

LET’S – hit the pause button for a second.

STUDENTS – as I talk about work today…

UNDERSTAND – that these principles apply to school.

Your teacher is your boss… Other students are your co-workers.

AND – it also applies to those… who work at home.

Therefore it applies to everyone in this room

QUESTION - do you feel, that what you do during the week matters?

LISTEN - it is important that you do, because when you feel that your work matters…

YOU WILL HAVE - a sense of dignity, destiny and purpose, no matter what that work may be…

AND YOU WILL HAVE - an inner motivation to be distinctive, to excel, to rise above mediocrity...

ON - the other hand; if you feel that your work does not matter you will not have any motivation, to be distinctive; you’ll have no sense of purpose…

AND – as a result you’ll find it much easier to make moral compromises during the week....

Hey it really doesn’t matter if I lie, come in late or work hard it’s only a job, and hey they should pay be more anyway..."

OKAY – here’s the deal…

HERE’S – the truth I want all of us to see this morning….

9/1/19… I want us to see the divine connection between our work and our calling…

AND LISTEN - my goal this morning is real simple to convince you of this truth, and then send you out of those doors…

to your work place with a renewed vigor, passion and purpose....

OKAY – let’s dive into this morning’s conversation…

NOW – the way I want to attack this study, is by unpacking two statement…

• Your Work, His Image

• Your Calling, His Mission

I. Your Work, His Image

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