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Dirty Jobs Series – Work with a Greater Purpose

I finished up our Dirty Jobs series today challenging our people to consider that there’s more to working then achieving the maximum pay level or best benefit package…that maybe God has something in mind for you at your job. Maybe he has you right where you are, right now, for some greater purpose than you’ve ever imagined. I talked about three areas to consider:
1. Work provides opportunities to live out Biblical standards.
2. Work provides opportunities for you to be generous and advance the kingdom.
3. Work provides opportunities to share your faith with others.

I closed with this quote, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.” In a hundred years, what you did for a career and how much money you made will be forgotten…no on will care…you’ll be dead and gone. But what will last for eternity is the example and testimony of Jesus Christ that you shared with others while you worked. Are you working with a greater purpose?

How about my nephew, Bryant, on the sax belting out a little Huey Lewis and the News’, “Workin’ for a Livin'” before the message this morning?

Dirty Jobs series – Work with a New Attitude

This morning I challenged our church to look at work from a different angle – to work with a new attitude. That attitude is one that recognizes the value of work. Work provides satisfaction and personal profit. Work helps us avoid tempation and teaches us character.

That attitude is one that goes beyond what is expected. Maybe your greatest testimony on the job is a hard work ethic. Colossians 3:23 NLT, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

That attitude is one that demonstrates respect for those over us. It keeps work in its proper perspective. And it’s one that ultimately includes and honors God.

If we truly believe that God created work and created us to work and gave us whatever skills we have to work, than it means that work is a truly spiritual thing, no matter what our career. We can worship God as much in the workplace as we can in the sanctuary. “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Are your working with that kind of attitude?

Career Transition and Support Group

Last night, Donnie Davis led another instruction and support time at Cedar Ridge that we’re calling , Career Transition and Support Group. It meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for people who have been fired or layed off from their job and those who are unfulfilled or maybe even burned out in their current career. We started this ministry because it just seemed like churches (and even most businesses) weren’t doing much to meet the needs in this area. Other than promise to pray and maybe help with some groceries, most churches are ill-equipped to help the unemployed or unsatisfied employed. We’re fortunate to have someone like Donnie Davis at Cedar Ridge, who just happens to be a career coach with a local company called, CoachWise Solutions. Donnie leads group participants through some practical instruction and assessment, offers networking opportunities, as well as the support of others in similar situations. It’s a great opportuntity for ministry.