Work Life 

We hope you are enjoying the WORK LIFE series! If you missed any of the first two sermons, listen to them online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/. Below are the notes from Sunday’s sermon, “Secret Agents”! Enjoy!

Work Life 2 – Secret Agents Believers Statesboro 08-18-13

What if we are secret agents, assigned by our boss Jesus to minister His life to those we work with or for? We saw last week that we work for Jesus and he has assigned us to our current locations.

We tend to live compartmentalized lives. This is my Work Life. This is my Church Life. This is my Home Life etc. But as a Believer, we can’t do that. We represent Jesus in every area of our lives.

We are Agents of Jesus, sometimes secret and sometimes not so secret. We must remember that we are on a mission.

2 Cor 5:18-20

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (NIV)

Work Relations

Eph 6:5-9

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,

8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.(NIV)

Notice the parallels seen in Colossians 3:22-25 (What Ever Your Do 08-11-13)

Col 3:22-25

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (NIV)

The same principles in Ephesians and Colossians concerning Slave/Master relationships can also be used in our present day system of employee/employer relationships.

Christ Like Employees

Combining the Ephesians and Colossians text, we can conclude that Slaves or Employees should be:

  1. Obedient (in everything) to your earthly master or employer.
  2. Serving as unto Christ!

This throws a new light on our Work Ethics when we realize that ultimately we work for Christ. Jesus is our boss, and he has us assigned to various task or locations. Our job performance is a reflection of our desire to please the Lord. We don’t work to please man but rather we work to please God.

Christ Like Employers

Eph 6:9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know

that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. (NIV)

Employers threat your employees in the same way that employees are told to treat their employer.

In other words treat your employees as if they were Jesus working for you.

Would you speak harshly to Jesus? Would you be over demanding of Him? Would you threaten to fire Him or dock His wages? Would you hold back wages and compensation when He did a good job? Would you show partiality and promote one of your friends when Jesus deserved the promotion?

Would you not listen to His suggestions and treat Him as less than a person?

God is the perfect role model for every employer to follow. Treating your people fairly and justly will increase your productivity and everyone on the job site will be blessed.

“One man working with you is worth a dozen men working for you.” Herman M. Koelliker

“To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.” John Maxwell

NEXT STEP: Commit to the Lord to be a better, Christ Like, employee / employer.

Sowing and Reaping

Eph 6:7-8

7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,

8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Are you looking to man or your employer for rewards? You may receive them or you may not. I know of very few people that really feel like they are truly appreciated and well compensated for all that they do on the job.

Col 3:23-25

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

  1. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (NIV)

Notice that whatever good anyone does he will receive the same from the Lord. Good will be repaid for good and bad for bad. In light of that, it doesn’t really matter who you are working for as long as it is God. God is the one keeping the record and He is the one who will reward accordingly.

The principal of sowing and reaping applies here. If you sow, work heartily in whatever task you have, as unto the Lord, you will reap blessing from God. God is your promoter!

The advancement comes from God not man. You work for Jesus! He is your true boss!

Read the story of Joseph, Genesis 37 – Genesis 45. Note how Joseph worked as unto the Lord, never whined or complained, and received Gods promotion. (Psalms 105:17-22)

Colossians 3:23 talks about our inheritance from the Lord and we know that it is much more than money. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pet 1:3-5

But if we are doing our job the way God designed it to work, we should be seeing salvations, and changed lives in the work place as well and I can’t think of anything else more rewarding!

What’s the Big Deal About Work Relationships and Work Ethic?

How well we do our job, and how we get along with people will be a direct reflection on Jesus whom we represent.

  • Do you think that you can be a poor performer at work and still expect your boss to desire to be like you and ask you to tell him the plan of salvation?
  • Do you think that you can be an overbearing boss, treating your employees harshly and still expect them to look at you and say, “You know, there’s something different about my boss, maybe I need to accept the Jesus that he claims as his savior?”
  • What about your peers at work? Is it important how you treat them?

Col 4:5-6

5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV)

Every encounter with the unchurched or nonbeliever is very important! People are looking for truth and ‘the real thing.’ They are looking for a Jesus that is real and a Jesus that can make a difference in their life. Jesus has you assigned to your current location to show it to them!

Like it or not, our life as a Christian seems to be an open book for all to read. It has been said that we may be the only Bible a lost person may read. They don’t know what the Bible may say but they know we believe it and are suppose to be living our lives by the Bible. So our actions will be, or should be, a direct reflection of the Word of God.

“Go out today and preach the gospel…and if you must, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi

Your job is your ministry! “But I have a ministry that I am a part of.” Your job is your ministry too!

NEXT STEP: See my job as my minister as well as my livelihood. I am a secret agent for Jesus.

Do you find your WORK LIFE fulfilling and satisfying?

Can you see an eternal purpose in your job or career?

We are discovering how to connect our faith with our job and let God lead our careers. We are see that our job is our ministry and realize that our daily labors have eternal significance!

Col 4:17 Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord." (NIV)

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

1) What do you think about the idea that God has assigned you to your current job assignment not only to work as unto the Lord, but to minister the life of Jesus as well?

2) Without using names give examples of Christ like employees you have known in the past. What about non-Christ like employees?

3) Without using names give examples of Christ like employers you have known in the past. What about non-Christ like employers?

4) How have you seen the principle of sowing and reaping play out in your work life?

5) How do you answer the two questions addressed in this series: Do you find your WORK LIFE fulfilling and satisfying? Can you see an eternal purpose in your job or career?

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