In our Made For Monday series, we have discussed how God made work BEFORE the Fall and called it good; He worked, and created us to work. There is no division between the secular and sacred…everything you do, whether it is reading your Bible, praying, or changing a diaper, is sacred. This week, you learned that your work IS worship. If you view your work through the lens of Scripture, will that change the way you approach your work?
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
What was your first paying job?
Read Romans 12:1-8. What is the “therefore” there for?
What do you think it means to “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…”? Why is this a natural response to what Paul wrote about in the previous chapter?
Read Romans 6:13. How many times does Paul encourage you to “offer” yourself to God? Do you see any significance in the face that he repeated this three times (four, if you count Romans 12:1)?
What is worship?
Do you view the entirety of your daily life as “true and proper worship”? Why or why not?
What parts of your work can you easily see as worship? What parts of your work are difficult to be seen as worship?
What are some ways that you could worship God through your work this week?
Pick at least three things that you answered in question 8 to begin to apply to your life at work this week.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
The last three weeks we have looked at work, starting in Genesis with how God worked as He created the universe. While work is good, it is important to note that God also rested, and created us to do the same. One of the ways Satan has distorted work in our culture is by making it part of our identity, so much so that we work too much, and don’t experience the rest that God has commanded. Read the following verses; what do you learn about rest from these passages?
- Genesis 2:2-3
- Exodus 20:8-11
- Psalm 127:2
- Isaiah 58:13-14
- Mark 2:23-28
Re-read Exodus 20:8-11. How do you feel about the fact that God commanded you to rest?
Read Mark 3:1-6 and Luke 13:10-17. If God commanded rest on the Sabbath, were the Pharisees right to question Jesus? Why or why not?
What is rest? Is it just not working, or does it encompass more than that?
List some practical ways you will begin to rest this week: