Detox: Work


Author: Hannelie Parsloe Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015 Campus:

On Sunday, Hannelie spoke on how to Detox our work life. The challenge and the transcript are below. Let us know if you have any questions!

The Challenge

How well aligned are you?

Passion alignment – Does your job fit with your area of passion? What can you do to bring this into alignment?

Culture Alignment – I the culture of your workplace life-giving? What can you do to be a better culture builder?

Challenge Alignment – Are you above or below the AC+ challenge level in your current job? What changes do you need to make to right size your challenge level to the optimal AC+ alignment?

Compensation Alignment – If pay and passion are not aligned, which solution will lead to the most satisfying alignment.
Low pay/high passion = Supplement your pay
High pay/low passion = Supplement your passion
What steps can you take to equalise the pay and passion in your life?

 

Work // Sunday 10th May 2015 // Grand Union Vineyard Church

Is this what you feel like every time you wake up on a Monday morning? (SHOW YOUTUBE CLIP – only 40 seconds)

We have just had a short working week, didn’t have Monday? Raise you hand if you were happy with the 4 day week this week, only having to work for 4 days?

It is amazing how we would love to work less and love to play more, have more relaxation time.

Some of you might have said, yippee, I only have 4 days of work and not 5 days of work this week. 

I think we sometimes have this idea about work, that it is a curse, something I am not suppose to enjoy, or maybe even something I hate doing; but at least the bills get paid. I also thing we have this idea that work is work and the time after work we should enjoy, our hobbies, socialising with friends, going out. We might think that work should be hard and hobbies, time after work and socialisation should be lovely and enjoyable.

The more I read about the topic on work, the more I realised this is far from the truth, what the bible says about work.

Lets pray and ask God to speak to us clearly about work. (PRAY)

Lets see what God says about work. (READ) Genesis 1:26-29

New International Version (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,

    in the image of God he created them;

    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

God has given us work, from the beginning. He even says that we should rule over the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky and over the living creatures that moves on the ground. This was the ideal work. God gave work to us. He didn’t just want us to sit and do nothing all day.

This means that work is not inherently a negative thing. We were designed to work, create, design, maintain.

1. Work is not a curse!

So why do we detest work, why do we hate it so much? In Genesis 3:16-19 (READ)

New International Version (NIV)

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;

    with painful labor you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband,

    and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;

    through painful toil you will eat food from it

    all the days of your life.

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

    and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow

    you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

    since from it you were taken;

for dust you are

    and to dust you will return.”

It is clear, we don’t like work because of sin. Sin entered into the world. Labor pains, hardship, all because of sin. As years go by our bodies grows weary, we have to work harder and then we die. You see the curse is labor, not work. Hard, backbreaking, sweaty labor is the curse, not work. Work is not the curse. Sin distorts things and make us think that work is bad, or that it is a curse, but it is not. The dictionary says that labor is working hard, especially physical work.

2. Work reflects God!

Does God sit around and do nothing? Of course not! In John 5:17 it says ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working”

God is working, Jesus is working and so do we. We are made in His image and should reflect His image through working.

Now lets stop here. I think also we have a skew idea of what work is. We think work is a paid job, but it is clear through research that work is many things. It can be doing a volunteer job, looking after your children during the day, painting your house, washing up and cleaning the house, helping a neighbour with a fence, being a doctor, being a administrator, buying and selling shares on line, being an investor or an inventor.

The dictionary says that work means: “An activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result.” It doesn’t say anything about being paid.

So work can be anything that involve our mental and physical effort that we achieve an outcome with.

So if this is the case then we need to make sure that what we do, what we put our efforts into, is to the glory of God and reflects Him. It should reflect the character of God. His character is goodness, faithfulness, integrity, honesty, excellence (God does not make junk and neither should we), beauty (God is creative – look at the earth, He created beauty and so should we). All our jobs, tasks, work is service to our God.

Martin Luther understood this when he said – ‘ The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays – not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on his shoes, but by making good shoes because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”

Do you love your job? Do you feel that you gain confidence from doing your job? You get to do things that God uniquely wired you to do well. When you get back home are you tired and do not have any energy as your job took so much energy from you during the day? Or when you clock out, are you energised by your work? Do you feel that you are energised when you do your job? Do you feel passionate about what you do?

God has hardwired in everybody a passion for something. Find it, make sure your work aligns with your passion that God has given you. Pray to God to make this passion clear to you. Ask friends and trusted leaders what they see as your passion. You might be good at administration, you might be driven by adrenalin and love the thrill of driving fast cars, you might love it to see children develop and reach their potential such as being a teacher. By clearly identifying our God-given passion and finding jobs that are aligned with them as closely as possible, we put ourselves in position for great jobs and life satisfaction.

Do you have conflict, frustration, poor decisions, chaos and inefficiency when you finish your job? This robs you from having peace. When you get back home, your family hears about it, you take it out on your nearest and dearest. This sometimes means that your job is not aligned with the cultural values of the company your work for. Make sure the culture you work in, is in alignment with your passion. You might have the right job, but the wrong company. When you have peace at work, you will feel it, your family will feel it, your co-workers will feel it and you will carry this into every sphere of your life.

Now we are all in this dilemma, pay versus our passion? Should you follow your passion and perhaps earn less money, or should you go for the pay check and downplay or disregard your passion? It is a beautiful things when passion and pay align, allowing you to do something you love and be well paid. Thank God for this. Otherwise evaluate how you can either continue earning an income and maybe through volunteering do what God’s passion is for your life, or are you willing to take a lower income work to do your passion and finding another alternative to supplement your income.

But whatever you do, remember, good work is a reflection of the character of  the God we serve.

3. It is good for you to work!

Proverbs 10:4

New International Version (NIV)

Lazy hands make for poverty,

    but diligent hands bring wealth.

Idleness is not good for us. There are many translations in the bible, laziness, negligent, careless, idle, procrastinating. These things are not good for us.

An important measure here is to ask yourself, am I being challenged in my job? Over-challenged, under-challenged or somewhere in between. Most people function the best and produce their best work when they are just above the appropriately challenged level. Make sure you jobs is challenging but not taking over your life.

In Proverbs there is a reward. Wealth. It doesn’t say you will become rich in money, that might be the case in some people’s lives, but you will be wealthy. There will be benefits to is. The bible says in Ephesians 4:28 that the benefits will not only be personal or be beneficial to your family, but it will benefit society. You will be able to give and share with those in need. Your work can bless others around you.

4. Rest is good for you too!

I don’t want to leave the impression that we should just work, even God rested on the 7th day after he created the earth. God didn’t get exhausted and decided, I had enough now I need rest. No, his rest is like an artist sitting back and admiring his art after he has finished. God’s rest is also a model for us. God set aside the 7th day for Israel to rest, everyone and every animal had to rest. It was to be a day of remembrance, reflection and refocus. They had to remember God who freed them from slavery. They had to remember that it is not about them but about God.

Many people today are stressed, families are being neglected, there is a disconnect with family members, with friends, lack of sleep, chasing after money to sustain their lifestyle, rushing from one appointment to the other, diaries are fully booked.

Does this not mean we need to build in some rest? God does not like idleness but He approves rest. Make sure you take time to rest, refocus and reflect on him. Use it to revitalise yourself and reconnect with God.

Conclusion

Finally what adventure is God calling you to? Find a way to pursue your passion that God has for your life. Search for it, pray for it and do it. Life it too short, don’t ignore what God is calling you to do. When you know that you are following God’s path, you will experience tremendous, simplifying freedom in doing your work.

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