TDOT Bible Study – WORK AS DOXOLOGY (WORSHIP)
Question: What are some of the ways we can approach work as worship?
v 7 – Behave wisely – take life seriously
v 8 – Sound and beyond reproach in instruction
v 9 – Subject in everything, pleasing and not talk back so that in every respect they will adorn and do credit to the teaching of God our Savior
What does ‘adorn’ mean?
- Adorn – Implies advancement, a passing on of something; not just something you put on (Proverbs 25:20)
- Adorn – An active/direct extension of majesty (God’s sovereignty)
- Adorn – Transitive property applied, adorn is all about sharing good news with people. But to share good news with people, it has to be evident in our lives as well.
v.10 – Proving themselves trustworthy*
*Note: ‘Work as worship’ doesn’t mean you effort to prove your maturity. You don’t effort to live above reproach. Without Jesus, you have to rely on yourself. But with Jesus, this becomes an overflow of daily submitting yourself to Christ and His lordship (i.e. ‘not my will, but your will be done’). There’s an investment in doing this, but it’s a joyful one if our heart is to give God all glory.
v 11 – Scriptural evidence that points to God’s grace finding a way to all men
v 12 – Sensible repeated for the fourth time; this is significant.
What does ‘sensible’ mean?
- Sensible – Acting within God’s definition of balance; receiving God’s discernment made practical through the Spirit.
- Sensible – Spiritual moderation exemplified by “a man who does not command himself, but rather is commanded by God‘” (K. Wuest, Word Studies, 2, 46).
- Sensible – The marking of a decision that contributes to the regulation of life; self-control aids this process since the virtue helps us mature as a safe place (evidence) to people and as workers with reliable attitudes and behaviors (manifestation).
Root origins: The root (phrēn) is the root of “diaphram,” the inner organ (muscle) that regulates physical life, controlling breathing and heartbeat.
Example: A good opera singer controls the length and quality of their tones by their diaphragm. This also controls their ability to breathe and moderate heartbeat; hence, why the disaphragm is so valuable as it regulates (“brings safety to”) the body, keeping it properly controlled.
v 13-14 – ‘Work as worship’ means we do good with a good attitude to bring others the good news/into God’s presence. This point only is why we should see self-control as surrendering our control in terms of relationships. Remember God will take care of the possession (making His nature/will known to those around us) as long as we don’t make entering God’s presence all about us.
v 15 – “Tell them these things” – This implies instruction is being modeled with the authority we’ve been given from Christ. Active encouragement and constructive criticism working in tandem. If we do this right, our colleagues and co-workers will be regularly edified.
Thoughts on etymology influenced by Strong’s Concordance; cover photo creds – Logosphere