The dictionary defines people of the working class as “Those employed in lower tier jobs (as measured by skill, education and lower incomes), often extending to those in unemployment or otherwise possessing below-average incomes.” In the Bible, there’s no such group as the “Working Class”. Nevertheless, we find many who fit the above definition. What does the Bible say about them?
1. God accepted them
(Read Luke 2:8-13)
A. Shepherds were poor and uneducated. The society often rejected them as not trustworthy. Maybe why Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd.
B. Still, the birth of Christ was officially announced only to them. Not Herod or the Scribes.
C. Consider Angel’s words. “A Savior has been born to you!” Signs that God didn’t reject them although the society did.
2. God called them
(Read Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 10:1-4; Acts 2:37-41)
A. The majority of Jesus’ disciples were ordinary fishermen. They belonged to the working class of the day.
B. He called them, trained them, empowered them and sent them on the most important mission in the history.
C. Today the qualified Theologians, Pastors, and Leaders study the life story of these uneducated fishermen to learn the art of ministry and leadership.
3. God became one of them
(Read Mark 6:1-3)
A. Jesus is the King of all kings. He is the Lord of all lords. But he chooses to be born to the family of a lowly carpenter instead of a Nobleman or King.
B. He himself was a Carpenter before beginning the Public Ministry. Carpentry Considered to be a lowly profession by many.
C. Not because he had anything to gain. Simply because he wanted to identify with the people of the working class of his day.
There are three applications I want present to you in conclusion of my message as we observe another International Labour Day.
A. Jesus has the freedom you fight for:
Someone said teens believe in communism because they are heartless. Men believe in communism because they are headless. Jesus has the freedom the communists fight for so much, (Matthew 11:28)
B. Jesus is calling you to serve him:
William Seymour was the son of a former slave. In 1906 he joined the ranks in history as the initiator of the ANZUS Street Revival. Education matters. But it cannot keep God from using you. God qualifies the people he calls, (1 Corinthians 1:27) He will use you beyond the wildest dreams.
3. He is aware of your struggles:
God is aware of the struggles and the injustice we face at work because he himself was falsely accused and oppressed. But he will set us free if we patiently wait for him, (Isaiah 40:31)
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