The gospel echo in the workplace: work that worships
- Paul emphasizes the Gospel is available to all and accepting of all (Col 3:11)
- There is The Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit in whose fellowship every believer is called to respond
- The higher goal is the pleasure of the Triune God not only in our individual lives or home life but also in our workplace
- Role and responsibility are redefined and reshaped by the Gospel. There is a governing body change. It’s no more the world/Satan but the Triune God.
- Paul seems to address the weaker (in one sense) before addressing the one with a greater responsibility. There is an authority that is set within the realms of the covenant of Marriage, Children and Parents and also between Slave and Master (Employee and Employer)
- Slaves and the Christian/non-Christian Household.
- During Paul’s time and early history slavery was not the kind of slavery we are accustomed to understand. It was a form of life. So you could have black people who were wealthy having slaves who were white.
- In the OT Israelites were allowed to have slaves but the conduct towards them was to be different from those nations who live around them (Leviticus).
- But just as it is today employers can exploit employees and employees can be complacent in their work are faking it.
- You were created to Worship and encounter God through your work
- Work was God’s mandate, not Man’s (Gen 2:15)
- Jesus was an apprentice and himself worked, despite being God! (Mk 6:3-4)
- How we work matters to God. It bears witness to His glorious work in you. (Col 3:24)
MAKE YOUR WORK AN ASPECT OF YOUR WORSHIP