The Theology of Work
The Theology of Work
1 Timothy 6:1-2
I. Addressing a problem going on among Christian servants and masters in Ephesus.
A. An American survey: 70% of workers dislike their jobs. (usatoday.com, forbes.com)
1. Unfortunately, some of those unhappy workers are Christians.
2. What does the Bible say about 'work'?
B. The Theology of Work
1. God created man and work was to be a part of his life. (Genesis 2:15)
a. Working in a sinless environment made work enjoyable and easy.
b. Because of the fall and the curse, work became difficult. (Genesis 3:17-19)
c. One of the purposes of the curse is to draw man back to God.
2. Redeemed man's ultimate job. (Revelation 22:3)
a. There will be work for us to do in the Kingdom of Heaven.
b. Redeemed man will once again serve God in a sinless environment.
3. The effects of sin (the curse) draws some to Christ. (Matthew 11:28-29)
a. Overburdened, restless souls come to Christ.
b. Christ teaches and prepares believers for eternity.
C. An answer to those who believe that "God does not want us to be successful and wealthy."
1. God does not forbid success and wealth.
2. But what does God require of the successful and wealthy believer? (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
a. They are not to be prideful.
b. Their hope placed on God instead of their wealth.
c. God acknowledged as their provider.
d. Not self-indulgent but generous.
e. To store up for themselves treasures in heaven.
II. Servants under unbelieving masters. (1 Timothy 6:1)
A. Servants are to regard their masters worthy of honor regardless of how they feel about them.
1. Believers are not to be controlled but their feelings.
2. The acts of a believing servant: In prayer, open to repentance, in Christian fellowship.
B. The reason why we are to honor our earthly masters:
1. That God's name and the word may not be reviled.
2. Joseph and Daniel : Old Testament examples of servants in an unbelieving environment.
C. The results of our obedience (honoring our master regardless of how we feel about them):
1. Our lives confirm that 'we have learned from Christ and His word.'
2. We have displayed 'rest for souls'.
3. We are allowing Christ to prepare us for eternity.
III. Servants under believing masters. (1 Timothy 6:2)
A. 'Misguided equality'
1. Christian masters were being taken advantage of by their Christian servants.
2. Teaching and clarification needed.
B. These servants are to "serve all the better"
1. Working under a godly employer provides more freedom and potential greater service.
2. The Christian worker is to be a blessing to his Christian employer.
IV. Believers are to serve their employers: (Ephesians 6:5-8)
1. With Obedience and Respect
2. In Sincerity of Heart
3. With Completeness and Excellence 4. With Eternity in Mind