God at Work, Part 5

With the End in Mind
March 12, 2023 | By Paul Crouthamel

For most of us, our work feels like a child building sand castles at low tide. It won’t last. It can’t make a difference against the power of the ocean. So what’s the point?


Chris McClarney

Love So Great
Hillsong Worship

Monday Morning Faith
SEU Worship

Hymn of Heaven
Phil Wickham


Our view of our work determines how we work.

What we do with our work will matter for all of eternity.

Jesus’ work was and is a game changer for how we now, as His followers, do our work.

Revelation 21:1-3
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

Isaiah 65:17-19, 21, 22
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

Randy Alcorn, Heaven
“Our best workdays on Earth —when everything turns out better than we planned, when everything’s done on time, when everyone on the team pulls together and enjoys each other —are just a foretaste of the joy our work will bring us in Heaven.”

What we do now will matter later.

Russell Moore
“Our jobs—whether preaching the gospel or loading docks or picking avocados or writing legislation or herding goats—aren’t accidental. Our lives now are shaping us and preparing us for a future rule, and that includes the honing of a conscience and a sense of wisdom and prudence and justice.”

NT Wright
“What you do in the present – by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself, – will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.”

What we do now will matter for all of eternity.