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Session 27

Work With Purpose

Read: Colossians 3:12-24

We each have work to do. Everything we do — from the way we work to how we talk — is an act of worship to God.

One of the reasons we work is to experience happiness in God (Ecclesiastes 3:22). When we exert energy to complete a task, there is joy from accomplishing something. God is the source of all work; our meaning is found in Him, no matter what work we’re doing. 

Work also gives us the financial means to meet our needs, help others and worship Jesus. By working toward something and earning a living, we are building a life of freedom. Freedom is the ability to live according to God’s directions rather than according to the restrictions of our debts or obligations. Working is how God has designed us to live in this freedom.

God wants to do work in you, not just make you accomplish tasks. Perhaps you’re in a difficult job with challenging coworkers and impossible tasks. It may be a chance for you to grow in faithfulness, dedication and overcoming conflicts. When we work, our character is built and we’re better equipped to do more work God calls us to in the future (whether it’s in a career, serving with church or anything else).

Ultimately, our jobs are about stewardship. We’ve been given great opportunities to use our minds, bodies, creativity and attitudes that God has allotted for us. Be responsible and grateful for the resources and abilities you have. Work because you’ve received a task from Jesus, not just for a paycheck.

Think About:
1. Does your work ethic point people toward or away from Jesus? Why or why not?
2. How are you managing your earnings from work and your responsibilities at work?
3. How can you practice being content in your work but staying hungry for God?

Pray:
Jesus, thank You for my job. It is a gift from You! Help me to use the resources and influence You’ve given me wisely."


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Following Jesus Is Radical

Following Jesus Is Radical

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2

Everything Belongs to Jesus

Everything Belongs to Jesus

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3

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

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4

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

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5

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

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Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

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Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

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Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

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Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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We All Need Help Sometimes

We All Need Help Sometimes

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11

Know Where Your Money Goes

Know Where Your Money Goes

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12

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

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13

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

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14

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

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15

Debt Is a Choice

Debt Is a Choice

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16

Broke People Can’t Bless People

Broke People Can’t Bless People

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17

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

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18

Fund Your Future

Fund Your Future

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19

Every Cent Counts

Every Cent Counts

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20

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

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21

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

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22

Less Is More

Less Is More

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23

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

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24

Give Your Best

Give Your Best

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25

What Can Destroy You?

What Can Destroy You?

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God Never Fails

God Never Fails

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Work With Purpose

Work With Purpose

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Do Whatever It Takes

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