This sermon is part of the sermon series "ReImagine Work". See series.
Suppose someone were to show up at your workplace tomorrow, shove a microphone in your face, and ask, "How do you think your work affects the world?" What would you say? Would you stumble and hem and haw for a few moments? Would you eventually be able to come up with a cheery answer?
How does your work affect the world?
That's the question we'd like to focus on this morning in the second week of our ReImagine Work series. The big idea of the series is that work is good—in spite of how it is often portrayed in shows like, The Office, or comic strips like Dilbert. We're not pretending that work isn't hard, or that it doesn't at times feel absurd, or brutal, or simply necessary. We are saying that work, when it's properly understood and performed, can be good.
Last week we learned that work is good for God; no matter what we do for a living, from attending school to retirement and everything in between, if we do it to the best of our ability, as if we were doing it for God himself, our work can become an act of worship. Now we're going to discover that work is good for the world; that your work, whatever it is, can have spiritual value and eternal significance.
We asked several people the question, "How do you think your work affects the world?" We heard some positive, upbeat answers. One man happened to have enjoyed a remarkable career in politics, construction, engineering, and law. How did he answer? "Meaningless, meaningless. My heart despairs over all my toilsome labor under the sun. All of it is meaningless and a chasing after the wind." That man, of course, was Solomon, one of the most industrious and productive workers in all of human history. We still speak of his accomplishments 3,000 years later, and ...
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