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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).

A Prayer of Last Resort

Prayer Submission Dedication

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-31

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:10 ; 1 Samuel 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Hannah was married to Elkanah, who also had another wife named Pininnah. Hannah was ridiculed by Pininnah because she was barren, so she pleaded with the Lord for a son. After years of frustration, we read in 1 Samuel that, "Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the LORD. And she made this vow: 'O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime'" (1 Samuel 1:10-11, NLT).

God heard Hannah's humble prayer and she conceived and had a son she named Samuel. As soon as Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to the temple and entrusted him to Eli, the priest, just as she had promised. And even though she would only have Samuel for a couple of years before turning him over to Eli, and would only see him once a year during the families annual trip to Shiloh, Hannah's sorrow was turned to joy.

    "My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord.
    I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.
    No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You,
    Nor is there any rock like our God" (I Samuel 2:1-2).

APPLICATION

The Bible tells us that it was God who had closed Hannah's womb; that her barrenness was a part of His plan. The fruit of Hannah's striving was her promise; if God would give her the son she so desperately wanted, she would, in turn, dedicate him completely to the Lord's service. Hannah's spiritual struggle ended the same way our's do; when we are finally willing to relinquish the very thing we most desire!

Hannah's prayer of sacrificial dedication captured God's heart. As we read in II Chronicles 16:9; "For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."

God's intentions are better than ours. Samuel would become an important judge during the period of the judges and a key prophet at a transitional time in Israel's history. Hannah wanted a son for herself but she was given a son for the entire nation.

Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Source: The Shaping of Things to Come

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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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In Alabama, any good farmer knows that to keep your cattle or horses from wandering off you’ve got to build a fence. That’s how we do it here, we build fences. But that is not how they do it in Australia… “In Australia, ranches (called stations) are so vast that fences are superfluous. Under these conditions, a farmer has to sink a bore and create a well, a precious water supply in the Outback. It is assumed that livestock, though they will stray, will never roam too far from the well, lest they die.  As long as there is a supply of clean water, the livestock will remain close by.” 

APPLICATION

The Good Sheperd doesn't build a fence around us to keep us from leaving. Instead, God provides us with a positive reason for why we should stay. He uses love, not law, to draw us to Himself.   

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). 

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life" (John 4:14, NLT). 

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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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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A Commitment Is A Commitment

Marriage Commitment Character

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-29

Scripture: Matthew 5:37 ; Ecclesiastes 5:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Put The Leash Down

Rest Responsibility Renewal

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-17

Scripture: Mark 6:31

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Puppy Love

Commitment Love (Uncondtional) Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-26

Scripture: Romans 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Championship Fathering

Fatherhood Commitment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-09

Scripture: Joshua 24:15

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The Hesitant Bride

Jesus' Love Weddings Commitment

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2015-07-14

Scripture: Revelation 19:7

Author: Thomas Bevers
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