Working with Each Other (Jeremiah 29:4-7)Dennis R. Wiles, October 6, 2013
Part of the Fruit of Our Labor - Theology of Work series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
October 6, 2013
Fruit of Our Labor
Theology of Work
Working with Each Other
Text: Jeremiah 29:4-7
Doctrine of Common Grace and the Common Good
How can God use you in the cause of the common good?
Shalom – “peace”
“The Hebrew word shalom means much, much more than the simple cessation of hostilities. Shalom is an exceedingly rich concept, a comprehensive word dealing with and covering all the relationships of daily life, expressing the ideal state of life in Israel and, indeed, the entire world. The concept of shalom essentially has to do with what the Israelites saw as being foundational to life – and that was being in sustained and sustaining community with each other.”
-Robert C. Linthicum
God’s people can be used to bring shalom to our world.
Our work allows us to contribute to the common good
Theology of Work
The God of the Bible is a God who works. He is the Creator of the universe and it is an expression of His will. He created human beings to bear His image and reflect His glory in creation. As image-bearers, we have been called to work as well. It is a part of our unique design. In order to fulfill God’s desire for us to join Him in His work, He has given us the various gifts needed to accomplish this task. As we engage ourselves in the meaningful labor available to us, we develop a healthy independence from others. This independence does not separate us or isolate us from the community of believers in particular or the society at large. In fact, just the opposite occurs! We are able to assist those who are dependent because of our healthy independence. We also can employ our gifts and skills to enhance the common good for all people. We can live in interdependent relationships that are beneficial to both us and those around us.
-Dennis R. Wiles
4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (ESV)