The Gospel and Work

The Gospel and Work

This week, we ask how the gospel informs our work.  In our passage, we learn that the Bible teaches that work is a gift of God and deeply significant.  More than that, the gospel informs the manner in which we work, our motivation for our work, and, finally, the opportunity we have to work on mission.  

Colossians 3:23-4:1

3:22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Do you consider work to be a gift from God?  Why or why not? 
  2. Generally speaking, what is your attitude like at work?  
    • Are you optimistic or regularly complaining? 
    • Are you diligent or lazy?
    • Do you willingly go above and beyond or try to do the bare minimum?
  3. How might the gospel be challenging you to alter the manner in which you work? 
  4. What is your motivation for your work? 
    • Providing for yourself/your family?
    • Opportunities for promotions or raises?
    • Recognition from others?
  5. How might the gospel be challenging you to consider your motivation for your work? 
  6. Take a moment to think about your sphere of influence at work.  What opportunities might the Lord be giving you to work in such a way that makes Him real to those you work with?

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