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  1. 1. What to do while waiting for the Lord:
  2. 2. As Seventh-Day Adventists Sino po ba hininitay natin? Ninu ing panayan tamu pu?
  3. 3. Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together. Isaiah 48:13 When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth; Proverbs 8:29 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Job 38:4 He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever. Psalm 104:5
  4. 4. God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. SS p 77
  5. 5. Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Let's go back to Earth. Our situation.
  6. 6. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17) This means we make good use of our time on earth.
  8. 8. Is office hours a secular activity or sacred time? Unless you are an LE Or can we possible make office hours –sacred hours?
  9. 9. Perceptions: Many Christians hold a decidedly unbiblical view of work. Some view it as a curse, or at least as part of the curse of living in a fallen world. Others make a false distinction between what they perceive as the sacred— serving God—and the secular— everything else, office work, sports, etc. And others make it into an idol (work), expecting it to provide them with their identity and purpose in life as
  10. 10. AGAIN WE HAVE ESTABLISHED THAT God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. SS p 77 AND seek ye first the kingdom of God Matthew 6:33
  11. 11. Christ says, “Occupy till I come” [Luke 19:13]. It may be but a few years until our life’s history shall close, but we must occupy till then.—The Review and Herald, April 21, 1896.
  12. 12. Christ would have everyone educate himself to calmly contemplate His second appearing. All are to search the Word of God daily, but not neglect present duties.—Letter 28, 1897.
  13. 13. Christ declared that when He comes some of His waiting people will be engaged in business transactions. Some will be sowing in the field, others reaping and gathering in the harvest, and others grinding at the mill. It is not God’s will that His elect shall abandon life’s duties and responsibilities and give themselves up to idle contemplation, living in a religious dream.—Ms 18a, 1901.
  14. 14. Is office hours a secular activity or sacred time? Lawen tamu nanu ing kabilyan anyang milabas a panahun
  15. 15. History of wages Most likely farming, herding, fishing. Most likely they received goods or food for the work they did During the time of the kings, some people were paid in weighed pieces of gold or silver Around 600 B.C., the Persian Empire began making coins, which were sometimes used to pay workers. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money Micah 3:11
  16. 16. After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.” Gen 29v4,15 Crafts - carpentry Ex. Joseph Matt 13v55 Jesus told in Matthew 20.1-16 describes vineyard workers being paid the amount of one day’s wage Now we have call centers, factory workers etc
  17. 17. In other words there is a form of activity, labor, wages in the olden times, in Jesus times as well!
  18. 18. How do our younger generation understand this?
  19. 19. Old folks sermon about working (retired, established) vs the modern adventist youth situation of employment (just starting to build a family, begining a career) Farming vs office work Experience vs Education Before and Now
  20. 20. Because of how things are preached before impacted the way our young professionals think right now!
  21. 21. NOW THAT WE KNOW THAT THROUGH THE AGES OF TIME - WORK, LABOR IS PART OF LIVING ON THIS EARTH. QUESTION: ARE ADVENTISTS EXCUSED FOR NOT WORKING? Is it all about God and God alone nothing else? I guess we are asking the wrong questions. It is not about God vs work. As Adventists we should think differently now. It should be God and his work.
  22. 22. It is not about “I can work on Sabbath days” vs “Keeping the Sabbath Holy” We should not work on Sabbath Days! From Sunset to Sundown
  23. 23. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
  24. 24. This means we make good use of our time on earth.
  25. 25. Japanese Culture Work 14 hours a day, resulting to minimal time with the family and possibly less time for God. Philippine Culture Probably the most is 10 hours. We spend a great deal of time at the office Compared to other things in a persons prime. Quen kasagsagan na ning biye na ning tau, kerakalan ing keyang oras chu ken pamagobra.
  26. 26. What is work? Work is God’s gift to us. It should not be seen as secular but a ground that should be tilled with God's love! He who does nothing but pray will soon cease to pray. Steps to Christ p101
  27. 27. 1. Through work we serve people. Most work is part of a huge network of interconnected jobs, industries, goods and services that work together to meet people’s physical needs. Other jobs meet people’s aesthetic and spiritual needs as well. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) And the effort to bless others will react in blessings upon ourselves. SS 79
  28. 28. 2. Through work we meet our own needs. Work allows us to exercise the gifts and abilities God gives each person, whether paid or unpaid. God expects adults to provide for themselves and not mooch off others. Scripture says, “If one will not work, neither let him eat!” 2 Thessalonians 3:10; He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4
  29. 29. 3. Through work we meet our family’s needs. God expects the heads of households to provide for their families. He says, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 The only way to grow in grace is to be disinterestedly doing the very work which Christ has enjoined upon us—to engage, to the extent of our ability, in helping and blessing those who need the help we can give them. Strength comes by exercise. SS p80
  30. 30. 4. Through work we earn money to give to others. In both the Old and New Testaments, God tells us to be generous in meeting the needs of the poor and those who minister to us spiritually. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 But in His infinite love He chose to make us co- workers with Himself, with Christ and the angels, that we might share the blessing, the joy, the spiritual uplifting, which results from this unselfish ministry. SS 79
  31. 31. THE FOUR PRINCIPLES SATISFIES THE TEXT AND SOP: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24) “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) .. don't forget this principle, we still uphold our vocation. Love to Jesus will be manifested in a desire to work as He worked for the blessing and uplifting of humanity. SS 77 .. we can only do this if we go out and reach out. stand out.
  32. 32. It is not about Sabbath vs work. It is not about God and no work. It is God, Sabbath, and employment. We just have to fight fiercely not only sin but the challenges that await us when we seek employment that is favourable to God. It is difficult on our strength but He promised... What are we going to do?
  33. 33. March Schedule 5 5AM Sunday 6 5AM Monday 7 2PM Tuesday 8 OFF Wednesday 9 5AM Thursday 10 OFF Friday 11 OFF Saturday 12 OFF Sunday 13 2PM Monday 7 Days P 14 2PM Tuesday 3 Days AA 15 OFF Wednesday 4 Off 16 2PM Thursday 17 2PM Friday Absent 18 2PM Saturday Absent 19 2PM Sunday 20 2PM Monday 21 OFF Tuesday 22 OFF Wednesday 23 5AM Thursday 24 5AM Friday 25 5AM Saturday Absent 26 5AM Sunday 27 5AM Monday 3 Days P 28 OFF Tuesday 1 Day AA 29 OFF Wednesday 2 Off 30 2PM Thursday 31 2PM Friday Absent
  34. 34. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. SS 47 Prayer and effort, effort and prayer, will be the business of your life. You must pray as though the efficiency and praise were all to God, and labor as though duty were all your own. Testimonies for the Church V4 p538 /1881/
  35. 35. “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold;...but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemishand without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18, 19.
  36. 36. God does not require us to give up anything that it is for our best interest to retain.... It is a mistake to entertain the thought that God is pleased to see His children suffer. All heaven is interested in the happiness of man. SS p46
  37. 37. Do not wait to feel that you are made whole, but say, “I believe it; it is so, not because I feel it, but because God has promised.” Jesus says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24.
  38. 38. Lord declares by His prophet, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3. Crowd all the good works you possibly can into this life.—Testimonies for the Church 5:488 (1889).
  39. 39. I leave it to you my bretheren. You need to go to Jesus Christ for more answers. I don't have all of it. We should watch and work and pray as though this were the last day that would be granted us.—Testimonies for the Church 5:200 (1882).God Bless.