Friday, April 20, 2007

Whistle While You Work #1: Self-fulfillment

I'm preaching a sermon on Sunday in our series, God @ Work. My sermon is "Whistle While You Work," focusing on how to have a good attitude at work. The first section (with several subpoints) focuses on the personal benefit from work. The first way to do that is the joy that some people have of doing precisely what they think God has created them for. I'll use a clip from Chariots of Fire for introduction - where Eric Liddel talks about how God made him fast and he needs to run to honor God. A biblical example would be Oholiab and Bezalel (Exodus 31:1-11) who were particularly gifted by God to do the job He appointed them to do. Is this you?

Exodus 31:1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. 6 And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8 the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10 and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do."
Don't get me wrong, I think we need to have balance in life, particularly that we shouldn't be workaholics. "Fulfillment" at work doesn't mean neglect at home or anywhere else is acceptable. How much does "fulfillment" fit in to what you do at work? In a perfect world, what would you be doing that would be ultimately fulfilling for you as a job - so it would be more than a job, but a calling?

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