Hi Ho Hi Ho It's Off To Work We Go

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Monday, 15 October 2012

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Definition: Work is the expenditure of energy (manual or mental or both) in the service of others, which brings fulfillment to the worker, benefit to the community, and glory to God. (John Stott)


1. God is a worker. (Gen. 1-2; Job 10:3-12; Ps. 139:13-16)

E.g., Builder/ architect (Prov. 8:27-31), composer (Deut. 31:19) etc.



2. Created in God’s image, humankind were given the mandate to work, essentially to care for and to develop God’s creation.

(Gen. 1:26-31; 2:4-25) Work is a key part of our humanity.



3. Work has been distorted and plagued by sin. (Gen.3)



4. Redemption in Christ brings substantial healing to work as it now recovers work as something that is done in relationship to God. (Col. 3:22-4:1)



5. The total redemption of work will only occur in the new heavens and the new earth. (Rom 8:19-21; Rev 21,22)



6. Jesus came not to abolish work but to redeem it. (Lk. 3:7-14)



7. Work provides the context for the stewardship of our abilities, education and opportunities. (Matt. 25:14-30)



8. Work is also the context to show Kingdom values and to share the gospel. (Matt. 5:13-16)



Questions for reflection and discussion

1. How can my daily work be God’s work? Surely God’s work is what lasts for eternity. The products of my daily work are only temporal. Agree or disagree? Why?

2. Share a bit about your work outside the church. Volunteer work and homemaking are also key expressions of such work. Share how you can bring Kingdom values into what you do.

3. The workplace is now the key place to share the gospel. How can we do this and take our work seriously at the same time?

How can we do this in the Singapore context where religious sensitivities need to be respected?