Pastor Shane Ham : Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

It's Not Just a Job · 43:57 · Recorded June 11, 2017

Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

Luke 5:2-3, 10 (NLT) One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there…And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.”

Why is it important?

We have a lifesaving message!

Romans 10:13-14 (TLB) Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

Luke 4:18-19 (TLB) “Good News…to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.”

People are hungry to hear it.

Matthew 9:36-37 (TLB) And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. “The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few,” he told his disciples.

God wants to claim your work as his work.

1 Peter 2:9 (BBE) But you are a special people, a holy nation, priests and kings, a people given up completely to God, so that you may make clear the virtues of him who took you out of the dark into the light of heaven.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people…the Master you are serving is Christ.

How do I get it done?

Colossians 3:17 (TLB) And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus.

1. There’s the quality of my work!

1 Corinthians 3:13 (TEV) The quality of each person’s work will be seen when the Day of Christ exposes it. For on that Day fire will reveal everyone’s work; the fire will test it and show its real quality.

Proverbs 15:19 (NIV) The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

2. There’s the condition of my attitude!

Philippians 2:14-16 (TLB) Stay away from complaining and arguing so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. Shine out among them like beacon lights, holding out to them the Word of Life.

3. There’s the way I treat people.

Accept others unconditionally.

Romans 15:7 (NIV) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Encourage others continually.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) Encourage and build each other up.

Ephesians 4:29 (TLB) Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing.

Forgive others freely.

Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Help others willingly.

Proverbs 3:27-28 (TEV) Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.

4. There’s the message I communicate!

Colossians 4:5-6 (NCV) Be wise in the way you act with people who are not believers, making the most of every opportunity. When you talk, you should always be kind and pleasant so you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.

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This overarching narrative that we call the four-chapter gospel is the story that chronicles:

Creation: the way things were
Fall: the way things are
Redemption: the way things can be
Restoration: the way things will be

Study & Discussion Questions
  • In the first section of the message, Shane makes three points about why connecting our work to God’s work is so important. Do you agree with them? Are you passionate about sharing God’s lifesaving message? If not, ask him to stir a passion in you for that. Do you see people who are hungry for it? If not, ask God to give you his vision for others. Do you see that your work is his work? If not, ask him to allow you to see your impact for him in your workplace.

  • Has there been a time when the quality of your work was not up to par? Do you now make the connection that in everything you do you are a reflection of Christ? If your work isn’t of high quality, what might others conclude about you? Of your Christian walk? Of God?

  • What task at work is most difficult for you to do without complaining or arguing? Under what circumstances do you display a negative attitude? How can you turn this around to be an example and a light in your workplace? See Philippians 2:14-16.

  • When thinking about the way you treat people at work, which of the four points is most difficult for you? (Accept, Encourage, Forgive, Help) Why? Talk about this with your small group and commit to one another to memorize a verse to claim when it is difficult for you. Hold one another accountable for this and pray together for a changed heart.

  • What was your biggest takeaway from this message? Why? What thought or feeling or memory did it spark for you?

  • Parents, today elementary kids learned about Elijah’s showdown in 1 Kings 18. Elijah wanted to prove there was only one true God. When Ahab’s fake god failed the test, Elijah knew God would come through in a big way. Ask your kids what happened in this show-down. Did God demonstrate that he is the one true God? Ask your kids how God did this. Our bottom line today was: You can always count on God. Be confident!

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