Our Job Description

I Thessalonians 2:1-20

In recent years there have been many changes to how people do business. When I was first entering into the working world, no one had a written job description. My job was simply to do whatever needed to be done. Nowadays people want to have things written in black and white. I suppose it protects some, but for most it seems to be a way of getting out of doing something. If it isn't in the job description, then they are not responsible to take care of it.

Of course, you would think that being in the ministry would be different; not so. Often I have interviewed young men for ministry positions who want to know

  1. how much does it pay,
  2. is there a written job description, and
  3. how much time off do they get.

It is rare to find someone today who is interested in doing the work of the ministry…and the ministry is work! I am thankful for our staff here at Grace, every person is willing to do the work…even if it means getting their hands dirty.

But ministry work is not just for those who are in full-time service. The work of the ministry is for every child of God.

(Eph 4:11-12) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; {12} For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Now, it may surprise some of us to realize that God has given us a written job description of sorts. It is found in the 2nd chapter of 1 Thessalonians. It tells us what is required of a child of God, and more specifically, a member of a local church. Now some employers have quarterly evaluations of their employees, but God is daily evaluating each of us.

Tonight let's see how we are measuring up to our 'job description'. We find three primary areas of evaluation in our text this evening; let's consider them together.

I. We Are To Be Faithful As A Steward (1-6)

II. We Are To Be As Tender As A Mother (7-8)

III. We Are To Be Careful As A Concerned Father (9-20)

What kind of servant should we be? What is our job description? Are we living up to what is expected of us? Paul sets an excellent example for us - it is up to us to follow.