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Hard Work in a Lazy World

October 13, 2013 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Post Christian World

Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Thessalonians 3:6–3:15

Through invention, technology, and creativity, humanity has been able to reduce the amount of human muscle power needed to perform tasks. Things that would have required hundreds of man hours, sweat and blood, and even deaths can now be done with very little effort. For the most part, this is a great advance for the health and life of people. But it has not come without cost. Because we can do almost everything now faster and easier, you have become not only a society that expects, but one that demands things be fast and easy. “Hard work” is not only a four letter word for many, it is a foreign word for many.

But the Bible speaks very differently about work. After all, even in the garden before the fall Adam had a job – he was to “work and keep” the garden (Genesis 2:15). And unlike a society that values three-day weekends and sub 40-hour work weeks, the Lord has commanded us to work six days and to rest one (Exodus 20:9-10). For the believer in Christ, hard work is more than a calling or vocation; it is an opportunity to show how different life is when one follows Christ. Have you thought about your own willingness to work? Hard work is not pleasant (as a result of the fall), but by God’s grace we can see the blessing of work. It makes us appreciate what we have, and it reminds us that we cannot do it all on our own.

I. What is Work?
A. The World’s View
B. The Lord’s View
C. A Real Problem

II. How Should We Work?
A. To Be a Help
B. To Be an Example

III. Why Should We Work?
A. For Our Own Good
B. For the Good of Others
C. For the Lord’s Glory

Questions for consideration: (1) What is the hardest thing about work for you? What is the greatest motivation for work? (2) How does our work affect other areas of our life – marriage, parenting, friendships, evangelism? (3) What temptations come to you from too little work? Too much work?

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