The theme of this series of discussions has been "Connecting God and Work." In this final session, we will consider how specifically our work matters to God, and what difference it makes in light of eternity. How does our work build on the work of Jesus.?
A day is coming, the Scriptures advise us, when all the work we have done will be put on display for all the world, the angels, the saints departed, and the Lord of glory to inspect. At that time it will be clear and visible to all just how grateful we were to the Lord for all His good and perfect gifts, how much we cherished the salvation He freely gave us, and how earnest and devoted we were to the work He had given us to do. And then we will hear person after person from every age and tribe and tongue rejoicing as King Jesus says to them, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of My Kingdom."
God has entrusted us with the Good News of His Kingdom! He, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, has freely offered us salvation in Him! Have we fully grasped this? Are we living our lives with a view to this day, this expectation, this hope? Have we embraced Jesus as Lord of every area of our lives, including the work He has given us to do? Are we truly living for Him, or are we still living for ourselves?
- Read 1 Corinthians 3:10—15. (page 1167)
a. Discuss this metaphor. Why is it appropriate?
- What/who is the foundation?
- Who are the builders?
- What is the foundation that is being built on ?
- What is meant by the different building materials?
- What is the end result?
- In your work, what would be some examples of gold, sliver, precious stones kinds of building blocks? Wood, hay, stubble?
- Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 (page 1144)
a. Define/discuss "temporary" as opposed to "eternal."
- Is the "temporary" all bad?
- How does an eternal or temporal perspective affect our view of truth?
i. Read 1 John 2:15-17 (page 1208). How is a temporal view of the world described in this passage?
ii. Read: Philippians 3:20 (page 1163) and Hebrews 11:13-16 (page 1192). What are key words or phrases that describe an eternal view of this world?
- Read Matthew 6:19-21 (page 960).
i. What are we to not store up? Why?
ii. What are we to store up? How do we do this?
iii. How does an eternal or temporal perspective affect our view of significance?
iv. How has your view of gaining significance changed as you've grown in your relationship with God?
- 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (1130) refers to "the Day." What is "the Day?" How are we to view it?
- Discuss how can you build on the work of Jesus so as to ensure a joyful outcome on the final Day of review?