We are rather to manifest the unique kingdom of Christ by returning evil with good, turning the other cheek, going the second mile, loving, praying for our enemies. Kingdom work is acts done that result in the growth of the Kingdom of God. 4:12). He who will work to build the kingdom of God must be on guard against arrows that are directed at his face—but perhaps even more on guard for the arrows directed at his back. “The kingdom of God” is also called “the kingdom of heaven” in the Bible, since it rules from heaven. 6. Kingdom of Heaven in the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”. God’s kingdom is at work on earth because his heirs or believers are living on earth pointing others to God’s glorious kingdom. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. Many people today are holding several different roles in church and believe that they are doing work that is pleasing to God. And we ourselves might do well to recognize God’s presence in our work. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! © 2014 by the Theology of Work Project, Inc. 1 Chronicles 29:11 worship strength almighty. (The personal, family, and social sacrifices this required are discussed under "Mark 1:16-20" in Mark and Work at www.theologyofwork.org.) God will then be glorified in our work in two ways. Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Work is an essential element of God’s intent for the world. We live in what theologians call “the already, but not yet.” The kingdom of heaven has already been inaugurated by Jesus in his earthly ministry, but has not yet been fully realized—not until Christ returns in person as King. We might be more effective if we recognize that what we are actually doing is helping co-workers name and appreciate the presence of God that their work is already revealing to them. Image by I always remind folks not to ever skip church to watch a ball game or God might, just might decide to punish your team in a bowl game later in the season to teach you a lesson. If we were to live our life and only do church work, then that would have the same effect on the world as if Jesus had only came to earth and did busy work and did not die on Calvary’s cross and raise from the dead. The kingdom of God was one of Jesus’ most talked about topics, but it’s hardly a well-grasped concept for believers today. For ideas on how churches can incorporate science in worship, see “Science and Faith in Harmony: Positive ways to include science in worship” from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. God calls his people to many different roles and occupations on earth. You have to show them that you love them just like Jesus does. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”. (For more about the temptations of Jesus, see "Luke 4:1-13" in Luke and Work at www.theologyofwork.org.) The fullness of God’s kingdom has yet to be established. Interestingly, Zacchaeus was also a tax collector (Luke 19:1-10), and although his life as a tax collector was transformed by Jesus, we see no evidence that he was called to leave the profession. Meanwhile, our lives—including our work, our leisure, our worship, our joy, and our sorrows—are framed by the reality of living in a world partly controlled by the old, corrupt ways of the Fall (Genesis 3), yet partly ruled by its true Lord, Christ. We want everything to happen NOW … or God shows us a promise and we wait forever without putting in the work expecting life changes. Our time and talent are given to us to work towards God’s Kingdom AKA be good stewards. if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. Contributors: Jonathan Pennington and Alice Mathews John 18:36 - Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. With each story, Matthew’s references to the Old Testament Scriptures show how Jesus’ coming reflects a particular ancient text. The ways of the new King include compassion, justice, truth, and mercy; the ways of the old prince of this world are devastation, apathy, oppression, deceit, and vindictiveness. Others may suffer much more than we, but all of us can learn from the Gospel of Matthew how to live as Christ-followers in a fallen world. It is only by doing Kingdom work and loving people to Jesus that will bring sinners to the foot of the cross. Go make an impact for God’s Kingdom today and everyday. 4:18-21). 1:1-2:23). Most of these references occur in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.While the exact term is not found in the Old Testament, the existence of God’s Kingdom is expressed similarly in the Old Testament. Their response is to worship as best they are able. This has applications when we talk about Christ in the workplace. Sometimes we suffer from the consequences of our own sin at work. The growth of the kingdom of God is intended to come from word-and-power ministry, not by word alone. Theology of Work Project Online Materials by Theology of Work Project, Inc. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. They explain who Jesus is in terms of Scripture fulfilled (the Messiah) and show that his entrance into the world is the epicenter of all of God’s dealings with humanity. 4:1-11) in contrast to Adam or the Israelites who had failed. LORD teach us how to love like You love. We have to go to our neighbors, loved ones, friends, enemies, co-workers, and others and tell the about Jesus and what He has done for you and what He can do for them. In short, we do those things that support people’s dreams and bring healing to the brokenness around us. And that your care for them just as Jesus does. Luke 18:24 – difficulty of those to enter the Kingdom… “God’s rule and authority, righteousness, peace, and joy” ROMANS 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” 1Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” He did not say “DO”. II. But this passage also leads us to a deeper truth about our work and following Christ. A common strategy that is emerging to advance the Kingdom of God is culturally appropriate church planting movements. And we see its revolutionary aspects; it brings victory over the prince of the fallen world. 9:9).[1]. Each of the Twelve is required to leave his former occupation, income, and relationships in order to travel with Jesus throughout Galilee. We should use our talents to glorify God – That’s why He gave them to us. Your acts benefit the Kingdom if you are spreading the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Church work will not bring them to following Jesus and surrendering their life to him. TRANS: GOD’S KINGDOM WORK IS A MATTER OF FAITH. Nehemiah’s work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: The time has come,” he said.“The kingdom of God has come near. The opening chapters of Matthew’s Gospel narrate in rapid-fire succession stories demonstrating that Jesus is the Lord whose coming inaugurates the kingdom of heaven on earth. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. To these and other followers, Jesus holds out no hope of security or family ties. As Paul puts it, “Ever since the creation of the world, God’s eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.” (Romans 1:20). Well it seems most everyone's team won this weekend. Church work will not show them Jesus. We work to serve Him. Could recognizing God’s presence in ordinary work actually strengthen our faith? Here are ten key points about work drawn from the Bible. Business, education, law, service industries, medicine, government--wherever you work, in whatever capacity, the Scriptures have something to say about it. Revised Nov. 4, 2011. But the real threat was grounded in the fears of God’s people. FAITH GOD’S CHURCH IS GROWING. Or we may suffer in smaller ways as we deal with challenging coworkers, unpleasant working conditions, promotions deserved but not received, or a thousand other setbacks. But it does not prescribe the same thing for every follower of Jesus Christ. The Theology of Work Bible Commentary is an in-depth Bible study tool put together by a group of biblical scholars, pastors, and workplace Christians to help you discover what the whole Bible--from Genesis to Revelation--says about work. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to … As we do our work from love, we do our work in accord with his commandments and thus extend the scope of his rule (his kingdom) in this world. As R. T. France put it in The Gospel of Matthew, “The kingdom of heaven apparently involves a degree of fanaticism which is willing to disrupt the normal rhythms of social life.” (NICNT, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), 331. He had many followers who remained in their homes and occupations. Explore what Matthew says about the kingdom of God and your work. This is more challenging than it may appear, and we could never hope to do so on our own. In this, we preview the ancient roots of the coming kingdom: it is “Israel” as God originally intended it. For the Twelve, following Jesus did mean leaving their professions and their families in order to itinerate with their roving master. God’s Kingdom is a real government established by Jehovah God. John the Baptist reveals Jesus’ true identity as the Son of God to the crowds at the Jordan River (Matt. Teach use to live like You live. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Then Jesus, following his baptism by John, successfully withstands the temptations of the devil in the wilderness (Matt. Bible Commentary Jesus not only declares the kingdom in his words but also demonstrates the kingdom in his works. Lessons include scripture references, reflections questions and prayer. Through his works, Jesus shows the power of the kingdom and his authority over the prince of darkness. This passage describes what happened to four men by the Sea of Galilee that day. The practices required to live and work in these new ways can arise only from God’s power or blessing in our work, as will emerge in chapters 5 through 7. We see the same call to a radical life change in Jesus’ injunction to a potential disciple, “Let the dead bury their own dead” (Matthew 8:18-22). But kingdom-of-God participants carry the cross, not the sword. Conversely, the people of God continue to fall into sin, while non-believers morality may be exemplary. He told the people of His day that casting out demons was clearly the work of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 12:24-29). As followers of Jesus, we work above all to serve him. Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. Their work, flawed as it is, guides them to recognize Jesus as the son of God. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 10:1-4; 19:28; Ephesians 2:19-21). You need to develop a relationship with Him. Your acts benefit the Kingdom if you are spreading the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you like reading the Theology of Work Bible Commentary free online, you might enjoy it in print! If you asked a group of people to define it, you would probably get a variety of answers. Others later respond to his call, making up the Twelve—the band of those called apart by Jesus to serve as his intimate students and the first servant-leaders for the renewed people of God (cf. 3:17). Are you doing Kingdom work or is it just church work? Are your acts winning souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Church work consist of acts that only benefit the physical requirements in a church. The lessons in each chapter are great for small group or individual study. Does a call from Jesus mean that we have to stop working at our current job and become a preacher, pastor, or missionary? You are free to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work), and remix (to adapt the work) for non-commercial use only, under the condition that you must attribute the work to the Theology of Work Project, Inc., but not in any way that suggests that it endorses you or your use of the work. Christian, if you are not committing your days to serving God by serving others, then you need to re-examine your life purpose. This contrast points out how God’s grace extends to all people and the entire cosmos, not only to believers. What most people do not consider is that everyone, believers and nonbelievers, are part of God’s plan in His kingdom. Contrast them to Herod, who although being from the community of faith, reacts to the wise men’s discovery with hostility. Adopted by the Theology of Work Project Board July 6, 2011. With your gift of any size, you’ll enable us to continue equipping Christians with high-quality biblically-based content. Jesus said “GO and Tell”. In a sense, we become double agents for God's kingdom. Note their generosity, a virtue God prizes highly throughout the Bible. To the extent possible, we should seek to do those things that bring human flourishing, either through our part in carrying on the creation mandate, or our part in carrying out the redemption mandate. Bible verses related to Working For God from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance. At the same time, we cannot escape the ills of the world brought on by the Fall, including death (1 Corinthians 15:15-26), sin (John 1:29), and Satan (Revelation 12:9). Some of the lessons include understanding the universal rule of God’s coming Kingdom (Matthew 13:33) and the importance of valuing one’s invitation to be in that Kingdom (verses 44-46). Nearly thirty years have elapsed between chapters two and three. Every resource on our site was made possible through the financial support of people like you. It is a global cause in the fullest sense. Bible Verses about Kingdom of God, Established on Earth Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God , and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Here we encounter the first passage speaking directly to the question of calling. 1 Corinthians 3:9 - For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building. This is more radical than it may first appear. Are your acts winning souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Jesus’ baptism, his wilderness temptations, and his prior work experience as a carpenter prepared him for the public work he would now begin (Matt. 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What does the Bible have to say about work? God’s mission extends to all peoples and ethnic groups. We have to love people to Jesus. / Jesus himself experienced terrible, though temporary, suffering at the hands of sinful men, and so may we. Rick Brown describes how different strategies have been used through missionary history (e.g. For example, Matthew 1:18-25 refers to Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 2:1-6 to Micah 5:1-3, 2 Samuel 5:3, and 1 Chronicles 11:2; and Matthew 2:13-15 to Hosea 11:1. This is not to boast that we are more godly than others, but to accept the challenge of growing into God’s ways. Instead, what if we could recognize how all kinds of work reveal God’s handiwork and presence. This being considered, in order to know our role there are several things that we must consider when trying to discern this. To define it, “ wise men ” ) is especially relevant work., saws and chisels, payrolls and profits is required to leave former. 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