God’s Perspective Of Work


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Lesson about Work that integrated with Character Building - Diligence or Determination

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  • Likely, yes. Whether or not a person goes to a regular job, each person has work to accomplish.
  • To play, grow, develop language, explore, form good habits, etc.
  • To be conscientious (diligent, determine) in learning, accomplishing assignments, keeping a good attitude, preparing for the future. We should enjoy work, but excessive playfulness and failure to do a job are indications of immaturity - childishness
  • Some of your students will think that they can avoid work by becoming the boss. Yet an employer must make sure work is accomplished and that the reputation of the business is secured if more work (and opportunity to make money) is come to the company. Therefore, the same work ethic must be present.
  • God’s Perspective Of Work

    1. 1. God’s Perspective of Work
    2. 2. God instituted and commanded work <ul><li>Genesis 3:19 </li></ul><ul><li>19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 20:9 </li></ul><ul><li>9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, </li></ul>
    3. 3. God gave Jesus work to accomplish <ul><li>J ohn 9:4 </li></ul><ul><li>4As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. </li></ul><ul><li>John 17:3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The ability to enjoy and succeed in our work comes from God <ul><li>Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 </li></ul><ul><li>12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Ecclesiastes 5:19 </li></ul><ul><li>19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Psalm 90:17 </li></ul><ul><li>17 May the favor [a] of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Purpose of work is to provide life’s needs <ul><li>1 Thessalonians 4:11 </li></ul><ul><li>11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, </li></ul><ul><li>Titus 3:14 </li></ul><ul><li>14Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. </li></ul>
    6. 6. All work is to be done as unto the Lord <ul><li>Colossians 3:17 , 23 </li></ul><ul><li>17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him… .. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesians 6:5-7 </li></ul><ul><li>5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, </li></ul>
    7. 7. Laziness must be avoided <ul><li>2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 </li></ul><ul><li>10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: &quot;If a man will not work, he shall not eat.&quot; 11We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. 13And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 6:6-11 </li></ul><ul><li>6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. </li></ul>
    8. 8. God gives eternal rewards for our work to Him. <ul><li>1 Corinthians 15:58 </li></ul><ul><li>58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 6:9 </li></ul><ul><li>9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Reflection: <ul><li>Does everyone in your family work? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Reflection: <ul><li>What is the work of a preschool students? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Reflection <ul><li>What is the work of students? </li></ul>
    12. 12. Reflection <ul><li>What is the work of an employee? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Reflection <ul><li>What is the work of the boss? </li></ul>
    14. 14. Diligence <ul><li>Working hard, doing our best, and sticking with task until it is done </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Character Quest by Sharon R. Bery and Ollie E. Gibbs. Lifeway Christian School Resources: Nashville. 1998. </li></ul>