1) work is a command (Gen 2)
work became toil because of sin
do it with right attitude
a) obedient and submissive (employee)
b) fair and just (employer)
2) work is a means to our transformation
we are tested, tried, transformed through our work stress and pressures
To love your boss, we need the Cross in our hearts
3) work is a platform for my ministry
- do you feel God's pleasure for what you are doing now?
- one common ministry (the ministry of reconciliation)
the real test is the focus of our hearts (do we seek first the kingdom of God?)
(are our hearts on things eternal or temporal?)
Is our work our calling?
one side of the pendulum - catholic distortion(exalted the sacred and sees the secular as support for the all impt sacred)
the other side - protestant distortion (exalted the secular by saying our work is our calling but cannot be true if your work is prostitution or selling illegal drugs)
Note: the call divorced from the caller is meaningless
If God is not our focus, our work is meaningless (no longer a calling but the work has replaced God)
Ultimate result of the call is the satisfaction of God
Purpose - our primary calling - a call to be (a call to Someone, to relationship, to fellowship, call to the Caller who is God)
Function - our secondary callings - calls to do (these may and can shift over time)
in order to know your calling, do what you are already doing and God will lead you to the next step.