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  • Gospel Baptist Tabernacle 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 Where the Love of God abounds, everyone is welcome. Children’s Church taught by Paul and Marsha Davis during preaching. January 26, 2014 1
  • We are still talking about the first leg of our Financial Triangle work. The other two legs are good management and generosity or giving. Our desire to work, as children of God, should be motivated by the desire to be productive and to do a good job. But our work has to make us a good living. 2
  • Lev 19:13 ...the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until morning. People should be paid a fair wage when they get the job done, and as promised. Don’t hire someone, then when he is finished with the job, say, “I can’t pay you right now; you will have to wait until I get my check.” If you can’t pay now, set it up when you hire him. 3
  • I Tim 5:18 For the Scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his hire. Whether a man works in a secular job or a full-time ministry for the Lord: God expects him to be paid for his work. Volunteer work is a good thing, if a man or woman can afford to offer themselves as free labor. 4
  • God warns the wealthy that they better pay those who work for them: James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. (sabaoth = armies or hosts) God hears the cries of workers, who are not paid a living, and judges those who cheat them. 5
  • So you must be paid for your work in order to live. And you need to choose a job that will make your family a decent living. Danger -- Love of money: Don’t let money become your goal in life. Eccl 5:10 NIV Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. 6
  • Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Have you ever felt like that? That your money was going into a bag with holes? There’s a reason; Part of it might be in verse 9: 7
  • Haggai 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of Hosts. Because of Mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. When we work with a selfish attitude, God will not bless what we earn; In fact, He will blow it away and make us poor. 8
  • God is speaking of people who were willing and eager to work, for their own wealth and welfare. To build nice homes; To buy food and drink To buy nice clothes; And to accumulate wealth. But they didn't have time for the House of God. They were too busy working for personal gain, to give any of their time or money to God's House. 9
  • Again: Haggai 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of Mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. When your personal life is more important to you than God's house, He can’t bless you. We need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and trust God for our needs. God will supply the work we need. 10
  • Rich young ruler: Came to Jesus and asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?” Mark 10:21-22 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. This man's wealth didn’t keep him from getting saved; No! It was his love for his money. Greed and lust! 11
  • Luke 9:25 KJV For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? I Tim 6:9-10a NIV People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. II Tim 3:1-2 NIV But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud,.... 12
  • Principle: When you work, don’t get your eyes on the money. Concentrate on doing a good job with a good spirit, And the money will be there. God will see to that. God wants us to enjoy life, and He will give us all that we need to enjoy abundant living, when we live life His way. 13
  • The Christian Work Ethic: Eccl 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; …. Eccl 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. Looking for a job? Put in multiple applications Make looking for a job your full time job. 14
  • Your job must make a living to provide the needs of your family, comfortably. 1 Timothy 5 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. If you are out of work, just find a job. And take the money home to care for the needs of your family. 15
  • In our culture, sometimes things get out of whack. A woman can find a job, and the man can’t. What is, is. Do an excellent job at home. 16
  • Work to meet a need for someone else; That job wasn’t created to meet your needs. You work to meet your employer’s needs, and – In that way, your own needs will be met. 17
  • Your job is not supposed to be your life. Work to live; don’t live to work. The best job will leave time for your family. It will leave time to be involved in your church, time for personal worship and Bible study. When we do things God’s Way, there is time for all good things. 18