Jan 31, 2021 |Knockoff gods


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01.31.21 | Knockoff gods


Noel Heikkinen

Colossians 3:22-24

Our occupation fills so much of our time, it’s easy to let it define us and become master of our lives. How do you approach your occupation? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen reminds us that our boss is Jesus. When we truly believe that, we’re set free to not worry or freak out. Our occupation is Gospel work and our rest is Gospel proclamation.

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Occupation is the principal business of one's life.

An idol is anything in our lives that occupies the place that should be occupied by God alone. Anything that...holds such a controlling position in my life that...it moves and rouses and attacks so much of my. time and attention, my energy and money. - Marin Lloyd Jones

Your boss is Jesus.

Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:22-24

“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you — you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34

Your occupation is Gospel work.

The gods hated humans so much that they invented work as a way to punish them - Homer

The LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.
Genesis 2:15

And he said to the man, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’: The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust.”
Genesis 3:17-19

Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.
Ephesians 4:28

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. - Martin Luther

Your rest is Gospel proclamation.

The Israelites must observe the Sabbath, celebrating it throughout their generations as a permanent covenant. It is a sign forever between me and the Israelites, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.
Exodus 31:16-17