Take This Job and.....Glorify God

We all have to go to work. Sometimes it's drudgery and hard. But do we see it as a calling from God, as our ministry to the world and as a “sacred" task? That's how Paul sees it and how he encourages those with the most menial jobs. In this message we look at the Biblical Doctrine of Work and Vocation as we continue in the Colossians series.

1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Ephesians 6:5-9

Vocation & Calling

1 Corinthians 15:50   Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

1 Peter 1:4   to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Slaves who come to Christ may not have an inheritance in this world to look forward to.  But they can look forward to a far more important inheritance- one that “can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:4), and one that they will share on precisely equal terms with all other Christians, including their masters.
— Douglass Moo, Commentary on Colossians, p. 313

1 Corinthians 7:20   Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

God gives us our daily bread by means of farmers, millers, and bakers.  He creates and cares for new life by means of fathers and mothers.  He protects us by means of lawful authorities.  He proclaims His Word and administers His (church) by means of pastors.  Vocation, Luther said, is a ”mask of God,” a way that He hides Himself in the ordinary relationships and tasks of human life.
— Gene Edward Veith, How Vocation Transformed Society, p. 1

 Sermon Discussion Questions:

  • What does the Bible have to say about how we do our jobs?

  • How does what Paul say make work "sacred"?

  • How did the sermon address the question: Why am I here?

  • How would you discern your calling?

  • What would you say to someone who sees their work and "ministry" as 2 different things?

  • How can someone with a lowly, menial job glorify God?

  • How should "the inheritance" motivate us?