SBS Sermon Notes Note 05/11
Yahweh's People and their Work
Reading: John 6
Work is an important aspect of life. At school we are trained for it.
As adults we are engaged in work. And at the end of each period of
work (week, month or contract) we are rewarded for what we have done.
Everyone is evaluated by the efficiency and effectiveness of finished
work. One's work bears evidence of one's style, ability, personality
and character. It is exactly the same in the spiritual realm. Yahweh
has a family business in which every believer - after his/her initial
schooling period - is allocated a job to do. How we do that job will
affect our present life and the life to come.
1. Our Father's Business
Yahweh is the designer, upholder, repairer and the rewarder in the
sacred business of life. In the physical universe we can see
blueprints of His work: the symbolic designs and working models of His
infinitely more important 'spiritual work' - the Work of Salvation! In
the miracles of Jesus we are given physical demonstrations (shadows
and types) of Yahweh's spiritual work, His work of winning souls! I
repeat: most, if not all, that the miracles Yeshua the Messiah
performed on earth were primarily illustrations of far greater
restorations the Almighty had scheduled Himself in the field of human
salvation. That is why many of the miracles of Jesus are referred to
as signs! Here are a few examples of the Works of God!
The Physical Creation
||When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained.
|| Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
The Law of God
||And the tables were the work of God,|
and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
The Salvation of Mankind
|| Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: |
but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Peace in the Human Heart
He maketh wars to cease. (He brings peace)
Be still and know that I am God. (He brings salvation)
I will be exalted among the heathen. (Mission activity)
The Lord of Hosts is with us. (Invincibility/insurance)
NOTE: In Jesus we are given a perfect view of Yahweh working in the Vineyard of Salvation.
2. Man's Work
Yahweh has placed mankind over His great work of creation. In the
physical and spiritual world, Yahweh's Church has a duty to perform.
Yes, an awesome responsibility rests upon every adult believer.
|| Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.
||Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands.
||For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
All jobs have a priority level. In other words, a worker must put first
things first. It is the same with our spiritual employment: there are
priority levels. There is one work which must come - and stay - first
in sequence and importance always. Here it is.
|| Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29: Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
In other words: Faith in Jesus Christ is the first and most
important work you can ever do. All else follows from that
starting point. Or rather, all else rests on that sure foundation.
A Job Offer
|| But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.|
29: He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30: And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
31: Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
||Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.|
13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure
3. How to Work
How are we to carry out our duties? Be prompt, diligent and give it
everything you've got.
Yahweh's Work is Urgent
|1 Samuel 21:8
||... the king's business requires haste.
||Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
|| So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
|| Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might...
|| Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully...
What we accomplish in this life will be evaluated by the Most High and
rewarded accordingly. I can tell you that the rewards are beyond
anything we can imagine. Never forget, however, that though 'entry'
into Yahweh's Kingdom depends entirely upon faith in Jesus Christ, a
believer's 'position' in the Kingdom depends upon his/her personal
performance in this present world. Be sure the Most High knows exactly
how each worker in His workshop is working.
||"I know thy works, ... I know thy works, ... I know thy works."
||... and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
|| And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
||And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
NOTE: When we in SBS say Works, we do not mean 'acts
of penance' or 'payment for prayers for the dead' etc. We
mean: holiness, righteousness, obedience, honesty,
chastity, purity, goodness, meekness, temperance, patience etc. In other words the Works of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life.
Judging the performance of others is the easiest thing in the world.
But it usually leads to pride and criticism. Judging others is a
futile pastime. Why? Because at the Judgement the performance of
another will be of no concern to you. Your own faith and performance
will then be all that matters. Paul says:
|2 Corinthians 13:5
|| Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
||But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Here are three examples of personal assessment.
||Great achievements, but mostly vanity.
|2 Timothy 4:6
||For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.|
7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
|| I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
|| For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me...
|| I have given them thy word...
||And I have declared unto them thy name...
||...It is finished!...
5. Time Is Running Out
Every task has a time limit, a period in which it must be finished.
If the job isn't finished, it normally never gets done or is done by
somebody else. In the Vineyard of Salvation it is the same -
time is short.
||... wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
|| I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: |
the night cometh, when no man can work.
6. Start Working
Believers often ask "What can I do?" Obviously not everyone can write
tracts, preach sermons, or give sums of money to the church. Most
members are poor and very busy doing the hundred and one things that
go to support life. Nevertheless there are certain things all
believers can do - no matter how poor, or busy or sick they may be. We can:
My advice to all is: Get to Work!
- Have faith in Yeshua. This is the greatest work a person can do.
It is the main work God wants of us. There is no greater. (John 6:29)
- We can glorify Yahweh in our lives. (Testify)
- We can stop sinning. (Keep the commandments)
- We can pray. Prayer is very effective work. With prayer we can do anything Yahweh can.
SBS Sermon Notes
Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
Placed on Internet May 1996 ... Updated August 1999