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Counter Culture: Session 8

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April 17, 2015 by pastorjdo3

The Tuesday Bible Study focused on the topic of “Work”.  As a focal scripture, Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for and maintain it.  garden

Immediately after creating Adam, God gives Adam a job.  He places him to work in the garden that was created for him and gave him an assignment.  This assignment kept him from existing without responsibility, and helped teach and develop his skills, taught him discipline and helped him learn about God and his relationship with God.   For these reasons, we determined that “work” plays a very important role in the life of people, especially the believer.  “Work” is not just a just to pay bills, acquire possessions or create wealth.  It aides God in teaching and developing us into the person He has for us to be.

Initially, is was added that Adam’s job was a medial task.  God has the major parts and Adam was playing a small role.  It was important that Adam understood the purpose of the job and not think it insignificant.  Many of us fall into this trap.  Because of the responsibility, pay, title, role, we find little value, purpose, or esteem in the jobs we work.  However, understanding God, we can see how God places in places and circumstances to develop us.  Thus, nothing is insignificant or without purpose.

In working, Adam also learned more about God, and prepared him for his next responsibility.  Ironically, his first job was to name that which God created (What an honor!!!!), and his next assignment would be to serve as husband in which he carried out the duty of which he had learned and named her Woman.  Then they bore children, and he continued what he learned in his first assignment, and named them.  Adam learned both how and the importance of naming and caring for what has been created from his initial time with the Lord.  What has God taught you?  What have you learned?  What are you being prepared for?

Furthermore, “work” isn’t just for us, its for others.  The work prepared Adam for more
made him ready for family.  It enabled him to be able to teach, train, and also to provide for them.  God has created wealth, and designed it to be both managed and shared.  The wealth that God has given us should be considered as a tool to provide and to project.  While it provides for our needs, it also aides God in projecting His love for others.  Our jobs not only give us resources, but places us in positions to create and develop relationships.  As disciples of Christ, our positions are key to shining and sharing the light with others, and must be managed in such a way that God is able to develop us and develop relationships with others via the spread of the Gospel.

The lesson closed with a look at”

 Philippians 2:14-16  Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ, I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain...

God created the assignment, and assigned the assignment, thus we must maintain a proper perspective, and be appreciative for the position and role we have been placed into.  He tells us that the world is ungrateful and selfish, and that His image and light works counter culture to its wickedness.  While other aren’t thankful, the believer, knowing that all things are working for good, keeps looking to God for the lesson or the person they are to learn or touch.  The believer must know that they are on assignment for God, and must work to bring forth His glory through service.
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One thought on “Counter Culture: Session 8

  1. pastorjdo3 says:

    Reblogged this on PastorJDO3 and commented:
    Great discussion and unique perspective. I have enjoyed the book from David Platt and look forward to the further lessons and discussions.

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