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Work as Ministry: Reaching the 9 to 5 Window (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Dennis R. Wiles, October 27, 2013
Part of the Fruit of Our Labor - Theology of Work series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
October 27, 2013

Fruit of Our Labor
Theology of Work
Work as Ministry: Reaching the 9 to 5 Window
1 Corinthians 15:58

What kind of influencer are you?

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:58

Theology of Work: Work is a tool for ministry.

Theology of Work
The God of the Bible is a God who works. He is the Creator of the universe and it is an expression of His will. He created human beings to bear His image and reflect His glory in creation. As image-bearers, we have been called to work as well. It is a part of our unique design. In order to fulfill God’s desire for us to join Him in His work, He has given us the various gifts needed to accomplish this task.
As we engage ourselves in the meaningful labor available to us, we develop a healthy independence from others. This independence does not separate us or isolate us from the community of believers in particular or the society at large. In fact, just the opposite occurs! We are able to assist those who are dependent because of our healthy independence. We also can employ our gifts and skills to enhance the common good for all people. We can live in interdependent relationships that are beneficial to both us and those around us.
In God’s original design, men and women were created as co-rulers over His creation. Both men and women were given the responsibility of bearing His image and reflecting His glory in creation.
Work must not become an idol. Certainly work has intrinsic value and dignity since God has ordained it. However, it is not the ultimate force in our lives and we must not look to it for ultimate meaning and significance. Though work is not the absolute object of our affection, it can be an instrument for followers of Jesus for ministry. We can be used by God in our workplaces to share His love, further His kingdom and reflect His glory. Through our work we can minister to people and become agents of transformation in society.
-Dennis R. Wiles

The 9 to 5 Window --- for many of you, this is your mission field!

ETHIC – do what is right!

EXCELLENCE – whatever you do, do it well!

ENTERPRISING – be creative in what you do!

EXPRESS – find ways to express your faith in Christ!

1 Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)