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The Dignity of Work

Work Commitment Dedication

Source: CNN

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Genesis 2:15 ; Colossians 3:23

Author: Charles Krieg
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CNN reports that Geoffrey Owens "has found a silver lining after being thrust into the spotlight for simply doing his job." Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on "The Cosby Show" was recently photographed bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe's.

"I got to the point that I needed to take a job to pay my bills, to support my family, it was basically that," Owens said.  Owens income took a hit after reruns of "The Cosby Show" were pulled due to Cosby's conviction of sexual assault last spring.

"I lost a lot of money from that," Owens said. "I don't feel sorry for myself about that. But the fact is that was another contributing factor, along with everything else everyone has to deal with -- medical bills, car issues, kids in college, you name it.

"What I hope continues to resonate is the idea that one job is not better than another," Owens said. "A certain job might pay more, it might have better benefits, it might look better on paper, but that essentially one kind of work isn't better than another kind of work, that we reevaluate that whole idea and we start honoring the dignity of work and the dignity of the working person."

APPLICATION

I recall the story of two men who were discussing the TV programs they had watched the previous evening. One man mentioned his remote control device, which he used to change channels from his easy chair. “That is one luxury I can get along without,” said the other man. He continued:  “It’s a sad day when I get so lazy that I can’t tell my wife or daughter to get up and change the channel.” ‚Äč

It is Scripture that reminds us of the dignity of work and the dignity of the working person.  In the very first book of Scripture, Genesis, we read: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15).   Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, tells us “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Colossians 3:23).

Working For The Man

Work Joy Servanthood

Source: "Most people feel unhappiest at 11:17 am on Monday," FOX 5, Posted: Oct 12 2015 08:19AM EDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-16

Scripture: Colossians 3:17 ; Psalms 16:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Fox News Reports:

A new study out of England shows that there is an exact time each week that people feel unhappiest.

According to an online article by the DailyMail, most people are most miserable at 11:17 a.m. on a Monday morning. The study by Plusnet says that only a quarter of those polled feel good before midday on Mondays.

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APPLICATION

What the article doesn’t discuss is why Monday morning at 11:17 is the moment when so many people feel “most miserable."  The obvious answer would seem to be that it’s the beginning of the work week, so we feel the full burden of our weekly responsibilities. The fact is, few of us really enjoy our vocation and fewer still would choose to do what we do if we didn’t need the money. So we slog though our weeks, anxious for Friday to come.

What can be done about those Monday morning blues? Well, if you’re one of those who pine away at work, here’s the good news: You don’t have to do that anymore—you have a choice. Rather than feeling “the most miserable,” you can choose to meet God at 11:17 am every Monday morning. Instead of being overburdened by a job you resent, you can take all you do out of obligation and commit to doing it for God out of joy. 

Why be miserable when you don’t have to be? Choose to do that same old, tired, mundane job, “hardily, as unto the Lord?”

Why work "for the man" when you can work for the Man?!?

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:11).

I'm An Ordained Plumber

Calling Work Spiritual Gifts

Source: GROWING STRONG IN THE SEASONS OF LIFE by Chuck Swindoll, p. 59

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-19

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1 ; Philippians 1:27

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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Christian writer Chuck Swindoll relays the story of a Bible conference for laymen: “Each individual was made aware that he or she was called by God into a profession or work. Regardless of the employment it was ‘sacred,’ it was God’s calling.

"At the close of the conference someone asked, ‘Say, Tom, what’s your job?' With wisdom he answered, ‘I’m an ordained plumber.’”

Dr. Charles R. Swindoll has served as pastor of some of our nation’s most prominent churches, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP, LAUGH AGAIN, THE GRACE AWAKENING, and the million-selling GREAT LIVES FROM GOD'S WORD series.  

APPLICATION

Swindoll concludes, “Christian friend, your work is your calling … it’s your ordained responsibility … it’s your pulpit. Say, how’s your ministry coming along?”
 
"I therefore ... entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called" (Ephesians 4:1).

Digge De Ditch

Work Futility Purpose

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-18

Scripture: Colossians 3:24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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To Have More Learn To Be Content With Less

Stewardship Contentment Wisdom

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-02-02

Scripture: Haggai 1:6 ; 1 Timothy 6:6

Author: Rod Crowell
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The Man Who Is Willing To Serve Unnoticed

Calling Spiritual Gifts Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-26

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Pencil In God's Hand

Witness Humility Stewardship

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: John 3:30

Author: Mother Teresa
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Man Digs Hole In The Jungle For God

God's Will Obedience Calling

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-17

Scripture: Colossians 3:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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