This is the audio from the September 1, 2019 sermon, “WORK That Matters!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: John 6:28-29
Here are the main points from the sermon:
When it comes to having work that matters, make sure these elements matter in your work:
- Worship that matters:
- Romans 12:1 — When you present your body to God as a living sacrifice, your work — the things you do with your body — ought to become a big part of the worship you offer God. Seeing the work that you do as an element of worshiping God helps you to see your work as something that matters to God. Learning to have worship that matters within all of your daily activities will go a long way toward helping others see Jesus in the midst of your daily work. In seeking to have work that matters, find ways in all circumstances to have worship that matters.
- Occupation that matters:
- Colossians 3:23-24 — “Whatever you do.” While there are some tasks done by mankind that I believe are sinful and therefore should not be done by Christians (or anyone else for that matter), God’s desire is that whatever you do would be done for Him. In the Kingdom workforce, there is work “created in advance” for each one of us to do. Just as we have been created uniquely, the work God has for us to do will rarely be identical to the work He has for someone else. Having work that matters isn’t nearly as dependent on finding the right occupation as it is in working our occupation with the proper attitude.
- Rest that matters:
- Hebrews 4:9-11 — Having work that matters will require us to have rest that matters. When God chose to rest after the six days of creation, it wasn’t so much that He was worn out and needed it but rather it was to serve as an example of our need for rest. While there are times we must press on even when we’ve become weary, being able to stop and rest at appropriate intervals will generally improve our ability to work in such a way that we believe our work matters. In our culture today, we often have a tendency to fill our “non-work” hours with so much activity that real rest is rather elusive. When we learn to have rest that matters, I believe we will grow in having work that matters.
- Knowledge that matters:
- 2 Timothy 2:15 — We live in a time that I think could well be described as information overload. It seems we are constantly being bombarded with sound bites and headlines that contain talking points of information but very little actual knowledge. When Paul instructs Timothy to “study to show yourself approved”, it is in the context of being a worker who won’t be ashamed. While our culture prides itself on having an ever-increasing base of knowledge, any knowledge that does not have the Word of God as its foundation tend to make a prideful people rather than a humble worker. When we spend time fully digesting and putting into practice the Word of God, we set our self up to have work that matters because we have knowledge that matters.
Having WORK that matters isn’t really so much about what you do as it is about how you do it and who you do it for. I believe you will find that as you fill your life with worship, occupation, rest, and knowledge that matters, you will discover great growth in your understanding and practice of work that matters.