Turning the Rat Race Into a Pilgrimage

by Adrian Rogers

Introduction: God's plan is to take ordinary people and put them in ordinary places and ordinary jobs, and get extraordinary glory for Himself. Many of us spend 35-40 percent of our lives working on jobs we feel have no significance, or which we perhaps even despise.

1) See Your Job as an Opportunity, and Be Grateful.

a) Some see job as necessary evil.

b) Some see job as a cruel master.

c) Others make a god of their job or career. Sacrifice health, family, love for Christ to this god.

d) But need to see job as God-given opportunity ( Prov. 14:23).

2) See Your Job as a Responsibility.

a) Your job is partnership with God: any work done for God is His work. (Col. 3:22-23; cf. Jer. 29:5-7).

b) Be helpful: if you won't work, there is something wrong with you (2 Thess. 3:10-13; 1 Tim. 5:8; Eph. 4:28).

3) See Your Job as Ministry, and Be Faithful (Eph. 6:5-7).

a) We need to put spiritual dynamite under the bridge people erect between Lord's Day and work-week.

i) All our time, all our money belong to God.

ii) If work is drudgery, make it a joyful service to God.

iii) Make it your place of testimony (John 17:16).

iv) We are to be light of the world (Phil. 2:15-16).

Conclusion: 4 things to do at work:

1. Do not brag-don't be self-righteous (Matt. 5:16).

2. Don't nag (Col. 4:5-6); talking down to people doesn't win them to Christ.

3. Don't lag; work a little harder than anyone else-"as unto the Lord."

4. Don't sag; never let down, for others will notice your lapses.

Finally, be filled with Christ, so others see Him in you-and they will see the difference, and come to you.

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