When I was a kid, there was a four-letter word that my dad wouldn’t allow to be spoken in our house. Actually, there were a few such words, but, one in particular was deemed particularly offensive. The word was, “FORD.”
You see, my dad worked for General Motors Corporation at Fisher Body Plant #2 in Flint, Michigan. He was Superintendent of Labor Relations at the plant that built full-size Chevrolets. Since Ford Motor Company was GM’s chief competitor back in the day, the Ford name was banned in our GM household. (I really think Dad was joking, but, then again, kinda’ not.)
Similarly, there’s a four-letter word that some have banned in God’s house, today. It’s a word that offends otherwise rational folks whenever and wherever it is uttered. The word is, “WORK.”
It seems that the word, “work” or “works” is found distasteful and grossly offensive to many who emphasize God’s grace.
Certainly, we are not saved BY our works, but, solely on the basis of God’s grace through faith. Nevertheless, we are saved to do good works. God’s grace has been given to us so that we might be co-laborers with Him while we are here on this earth–working to fulfill His plans and purpose.
As a matter of scriptural record, when Jesus returns, we shall all be judged as to whether or not we have been faithful to do what He has committed to us to do.
In this message, “Work is a Four-Letter Word,” I hope to shed some light on this controversial subject. God has not called any of us to be spectators–He has called us to be workers with Him. Be sure, only the faithful will abound with blessings. (See Proverbs 28:20)
think on these things…
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. ~1 Peter 1:17-19 (NKJV)
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
~1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (NKJV)
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” ~Mark 13:32-37 (NKJV)
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” ~Revelation 22:12 (NKJV)