Theme of the Week: Work as Divine Calling
Bible Verse: My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof. Proverbs 3:11 ESV
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:9-12, 2 Corinthians 1:3-8
This week we have explored the meaning, importance and value of work according to the Bible. Here are some of the highlights:
Work as Divine Calling
Along with God’s call comes the grace to perform that work well, the ultimate purpose being to display his glory.
Why Is There Work?
The work ethic established in Genesis is also a major emphasis in the book of Proverbs. A Proverbs-driven life is one that works hard for the glory of God. Embodying a biblical work ethic, and seeing work as truly a calling from God, is a core part of our purpose
Conceiving Work as Calling
In the productivity and creativity of our work, we echo God’s work in creating and sustaining all that exists. […] as we confront the challenges of our work, our grace-motivated responses demonstrate the fruit of God’s Spirit in us.
The Call to be Balanced
It’s not easy to accept God’s call to be balanced. That’s why he also gives us the call to reject idolatry, and the call to trust.
Divine Joy: Imitating the God Who Works
Accountants can feel God’s pleasure when accounts balance, lawyers can feel God’s pleasure when justice is done, mothers can feel God’s pleasure when their children are raised in the ways of the Lord, nurses can feel God’s pleasure when they heal and alleviate suffering, and teachers can feel God’s pleasure when their students learn about God and his creation.
Taken from A Proverbs Driven Life by Anthony Selvaggio, © 2008. Used by permission of Shepherd Press, shepherdpress.com
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