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Synopsis of Bring Jesus to work with me ?
Good and joyful morning this morning to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite…. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. And today’s slice comes from….
Gen 2:15 …and the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Even in paradise itself, before the fall of man, man had to work. None of us were sent into the world to be idle. He that made our souls and bodies, has given us something to work with; and he that gave us this earth for our habitation, has made us something to work upon. The sons and heirs of heaven, while in this world, have something to do about this earth, which must have its share of their time and thoughts; and if they do it with an eye to God, they as truly serve him in it, as when they are upon their knees. Observe that the husbandman’s calling is an ancient and honourable calling; it was needful even in paradise. Also, there is true pleasure in the business God calls us to, and employs us in. Adam could not have been happy if he had been idle: it is still God’s law, he that will not work has no right to eat, 2nd. Thessalonians 3:10.
Human work was a part of God’s original intent for his people. It is a divine gift and is not to be viewed as a punishment. In human work God was sharing a part of his responsibility to care for the world he created. Labor is a normal part of the responsibility of God’s people.
When Moses turned down the job God asked him to perform saying that he was “slow of speech” and the king would not listen to him, what did God respond
Exodus 4:1 ….and Moses answered and said, but, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, the Lord hath not appeared unto thee. 2 and the Lord said unto him, what is that in thine hand? And he said, a rod. 3 and he said, cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4 and the Lord said unto Moses, put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
Moses’ reluctance and fear were caused by over anticipation. He was worried about how the people might respond to him. We often build up events in our minds and then panic over what might go wrong. God does not ask us to go where he has not provided the means to help. Go where he leads, trusting him to supply courage, confidence, and resources at the right moment. But, the main point here is that God sent him out with only that which he knew, with the rod of a shepherd, an implement of his work life.
Exodus. 4:14 …and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 15 and thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16 and he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 17 and thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
A great deal of wisdom and true worth may be with a slow tongue. God sometimes makes choice of those as his messengers, who have the least of the advantages of art or nature, that his grace in them may appear the more glorious. Christ’s disciples were no orators, till the holy spirit made them such. God condescends to answer the excuse of Moses. Even self-diffidence, when it hinders us from duty, or clogs us in duty,
From this comes the title of today’s message : Bring Jesus to work with me ? Perhaps a subtitle should be: Sacred vs Secular Evangelism
Question….. Faith and work…. Do they mix? Every Monday morning we go to work …. Forgetting what we did on Sunday and we move across an imaginary demarcation line. This means we have little relationship between what we experience on Sunday and what we do on Monday.
There are two questions I hope this message answers: First, Does faith and work really mix in the Monday thru Friday, the 9 to 5 world? Second, Does God make a distinction between those so called full time ministers and the so called laymen? And, is there a heavenly class distinction between these Christians?
I want you to imagine something…. imagine for a moment that Jesus has just completed his three years of training with the disciples. He has been crucified and he is now commissioning the twelve of them to go into the world to disciple nations. Imagine him making this statement…. Dear brothers, it is now time for you to share what you’ve learned from me. However, as you share with others be sure that you keep what I taught you separate from your work life. Do not make them fit into this context. The miracles you saw in me can only be done in certain situations outside of your work life. Keep this in mind when thinking about praying for the sick or the lost.
Sounds preposterous? Maybe so… but.. This is the mindset many of us have today. The spiritual does not mix with the secular workplace. My friend, when Jesus came to earth, how did he come? As a carpenter, a workman, a man who worked with his hands. As he came in human form He did not come as a priest… all though He became both our spiritual King and a Priest, as scripture tells us.
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