Labor Matters

A Call to Worship
 
Scripture Reading from Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 (Easy to Read Version)
So go and eat your food now and enjoy it.  Drink your wine and be happy.  It is all right with God if you do these things.  Wear nice clothes and make yourself look good.  Enjoy life with the wife you love.  
Enjoy every day of your short life.  God has given you this short life on earth—and it is all you have.  So enjoy the work you have to do in this life.  Every time you find work to do, do it the best you can.  
 
Message by Roger Templeton
"Labor Matters"
 
 
Scripture Reading from Colossians 3:23-25 (New Living Translation)
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.   Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.  But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done.  For God has no favorites.
 
 
Song Colossians 2:23-25 by Brandon and Amy Treadwell Toy on YouTube
 
Scripture Reading from Colossians 3:18-24 (Easy to Read Version)
Wives, be willing to serve your husbands. This is the right thing to do in following the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives, and be gentle to them.    Children, obey your parents in everything. This pleases the Lord.
Fathers, don't upset your children.  If you are too hard to please, they might want to stop trying. 
Servants, obey your masters in everything.  Obey all the time, even when they can't see you.  Don't just pretend to work hard so that they will treat you well.  No, you must serve your masters honestly because you respect the Lord.
In all the work you are given, do the best you can.   Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master.    Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people.  You are serving the Lord Christ.
 
Genesis 37:2-4  (Easy to Read Version)
 
This is the story of Jacob's family.  Joseph was a young man, 17 years old.  His job was to take care of the sheep and the goats.  Joseph did this work with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah.  (Bilhah and Zilpah were his father's wives.) 
Joseph told his father about the bad things that his brothers did.  Joseph was born at a time when his father Israel was very old, so Israel loved him more than he loved his other sons.  Jacob gave him a special coat, which was long and very beautiful.
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother because of this.  They refused to say nice things to him.

Genesis 37:2-4 (Easy to Read Version)

This is the story of Jacob's family.  Joseph was a young man, 17 years old.  His job was to take care of the sheep and the goats.  Joseph did this work with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah.  (Bilhah and Zilpah were his father's wives.)  

Joseph told his father about the bad things that his brothers did.  Joseph was born at a time when his father Israel was very old, so Israel loved him more than he loved his other sons.  Jacob gave him a special coat, which was long and very beautiful.

When Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother because of this.  They refused to say nice things to him.

Genesis 39:1-4 (Easy to Read Version)

The traders who bought Joseph took him down to Egypt.  They sold him to the captain of Pharaoh's guard, Potiphar. The Lord helped Joseph become a successful man.  Joseph lived in the house of his master, Potiphar the Egyptian.
Potiphar saw that the Lord was with Joseph and that the Lord helped Joseph be successful in everything he did.  So Potiphar was very happy with Joseph.  He allowed Joseph to work for him and to help him rule the house.  Joseph was the ruler over everything Potiphar owned.

Genesis 39:20-23 (Easy to Read Version)

So Potiphar put Joseph into the prison where the king's enemies were held, and that is where Joseph remained.  The Lord was with Joseph and continued to show his kindness to him, so the commander of the prison guards began to like Joseph.
The commander of the guards put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners.  Joseph was their leader, but he still did the same work they did.
The commander of the guards trusted Joseph with everything that was in the prison.  This happened because the Lord was with Joseph.  He helped Joseph be successful in everything he did.

Exodus 4:1-4 (Easy to Read Version)

Then Moses said to God, "But the Israelites will not believe me when I tell them that you sent me.  They will say, 'The Lord did not appear to you.' "  But God said to Moses, "What is that you have in your hand?"  Moses answered, "It is my walking stick."
Then God said, "Throw your walking stick on the ground." So Moses threw his walking stick on the ground, and it became a snake.  Moses ran from it,
but the Lord said to him, "Reach out and grab the snake by its tail."  When Moses reached out and caught the snake's tail, the snake became a walking stick again.