Sermons tagged #Laborday
Working on Making wise Steps Proverbs 14:23;6:6-11; 24:30-34; Since this is Labor Day, this is the perfect time to examine what Proverbs mentions about work. Some people work, and some only talk about working. Still others talk when they should be working. The clear-cut contrasts in this proverb are…labor versus talk .profit versus poverty. This is a simple proverb contrasting productive performance with mere talk. People who work hard are rewarded with profit, but those who do not work lack life's necessities. Laziness is a problem within society, no matter where it is uncovered. Lazy people are inefficient, less productive, more likely to have accidents, and fail to contribute all they can to society. Lazy workers produce less; lazy students learn less; and lazy property owners have unkempt, unattractive, and deteriorating properties. These proverbs should speak to the heart of the lazy. A tekton was 'someone who could work with wood, metal, or stone. He could be a builder, a mason, or a carpenter. In Jesus' Palestinian context, it probably denoted a woodworking handyman.'' Jesus knew what it was like to do difficult work. The creator of the universe (John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2) was a laborer. On the night of his arrest, Jesus prayed to the Father, ''I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do'' (John 17:4). In all of his work-whether it was his work as a carpenter, his work as a teacher, or his work as a Savior dying for the sins of the world-Jesus glorified the Father.
Labor Day is about freedom. It is about the freedom to choose how we will live without coercion. Labor Day was intended to memorialize freedom from exploitation in the work place. But freedom in every place at all times is the goal. Some say that the account of Ananias and Sapphira shows the church is socialistic. This is not true. There was no exploitation or coercion. No one was forced to sell their possessions They were not forced to give all or any of the proceeds from the sale of their possessions to the church. Jesus came to give freedom. He gives us the freedom to choose. He gives those who believe His message freedom from bondage to sin. He gives us freedom to serve Him in His church. He gives us freedom to choose honesty rather than dishonesty, to choose modesty rather than immodesty, to choose what you will believe, and what you will do with your life. The church Jesus built is about His message of freedom. It is a message that springs from the fountain of truth. It is a message possible only because of truth. What has truth to do with freedom? Knowing the truth allows you to choose the real consequences. There is no manipulation and no coercion with lies and deceit. **Subscribe at patrickbriney.com and receive a free book and updates on Dr. Briney's new books and resources. **Visit Life Changing Scriptures to download free resources at https://lifechangingscriptures.org. ----------CONTENT---------- 00:00 The Reason For Labor Day 03:08 The Story Of Ananias And Sapphira's Lie 07:27 Lying To The Holy Ghost 13:35 Celebrating Freedom From Exploitation 24:27 The Truth Of Jesus Sets Us Free
Happy Labor Day! Paul Scharf, church ministries representative for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, offers a greeting for this Labor Day of 2022. To sign up to receive our Weekly News Update E-Newsletter, follow the link above, as mentioned in this audio. To watch the message that Paul gave on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, at Grace Bible Church in Portage, WI, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghg20q6f7DE. We hope that you have a safe, happy and blessed Labor Day. Thanks for listening!
As we consider the value of work this Labor Day we are reminded that a spirit of laziness prevades our society as well as the church of Jesus Christ. We must not understand that God not only commends work but condemns laziness.