2. Marketplace MisunderstoodWork is part of the curseafter the FallWork is a gift from God
Work is a gift from God Work is a gift from God – Eccl 3:13; 5:18-19 God Himself is a Worker – Gen 2:2 God commends & commands work long after the Fall – Gen 9:1- 7; Col 3:23; 1 Thess 4:11
Work is a gift from God “Work is a consequence of creation; not the fall; the fall has aggravated the problems withoutJohn Stott destroying its joys”
2. Marketplace MisunderstoodOnly Christian work hasany real spiritual valueAll legitimate work hasessential value to God
“Sacred” vs “Secular” Work Gnosticism & Greek’s dualism view All of life is to lived under Christ’s lordship – Colossians 3:17 What matters is our intention / motivation
1. Marketplace Misunderstood2. Marketplace and the Bible
• Jesus made 132 public appearances in New Testament - 122 were in the marketplace• Jesus told 52 parables - 45 had a marketplace context• The book of Acts recorded 40 divine interventions - 39 were in the marketplace• Jesus’ first 12 disciples were marketplace individuals, not clergymen
1. Marketplace Misunderstood2. Marketplace and the Bible3. Marketplace Christian
3. Marketplace Christian ExcellenceColossians 3:23 Ephesians 6:7“Whatever you do, “Servework at it with all wholeheartedly,your heart, as as if you wereworking for the Lord, serving the Lord,not for human not men”masters”
3. Marketplace Christian EthicalColossians 3:22 “Slaves, obey yourearthly masters in everything; and do it,not only when their eye is on you and tocurry their favor, but with sincerity of heartand reverence for the Lord ”Colossians 4:1 “Masters, be just and fairto your slaves. Remember that you alsohave a Master - in heaven”
“My grandfather once told me there are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the firstIndira Gandhi group - there is less competition.”
3. Marketplace Christian Edify1 Cor 10:23“All things are lawful for me, but not allthings are helpful; all things are lawfulfor me, but not all things edify.”
Are you a workaholic?Proverbs 23:4“Do not wear yourself out to get rich;have the wisdom to show restraint.”
Are you a workaholic?Rick Warren“How to keep yourprofession frombeing anobsession”
Are you a workaholic?1. Are you always in a hurry?2. Does your “To Do” list have more in it than you can accomplish in a single day?3. Does doing nothing drive you up a wall?4. Do you find it difficult to say “No” to opportunities?5. Do you feel guilty when you relax?
Are you a workaholic?6. Do you frequently find it difficult to turn your mind off at night when you go to bed?7. Do people around you tell you, you ought to slow down?8. Do you procrastinate about taking vacations?9. Do you have to get sick to slow down?10. Do you ever take business related reading material into the bathroom?