This spring at D-School we started the journey of looking how our lives fit into God’s story and the fact that His story really does change everything about who we are. This doesn’t just happen on Sunday morning but instead it is to be a Monday to Saturday night kind of faith.
This is something that I have been thinking about over the last little while. How good are we in the church at talking about what it is to follow Christ while we’re at work during the week? This could be an indicator of how seriously we take Jesus. Think about it - the workplace is probably the place where we spend the most amount of our waking time. We spend more time at work than we do at home, church or engaging in hobbies/sports. So does following Jesus change the way we think about work and how we value it? Do I have to work at a church in order for my work to have value and meaning as a follower of Jesus?
It’s critical that we as Christians think about how Christ fits into this major area of life. There is much written about work in the scriptures (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-4:1; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; Genesis 1:28) and so I believe we need to think through what it means to bring being a follower of Jesus Christ into our work. For instance, is work just a place where we can tell others about Jesus, or is it fundamentally something more, where we are entrusted to care for creation in a meaningful and valuable way.
Tim Challies (www.challies.com) writes, “When people realize that work is one of the chief ways that we partner with God to love our neighbor carry our faith into the world, it gives great meaning to the things they do every day—even the most mundane. Work becomes a form of worship, love, and greater fulfillment.”
How do you view work? Do you find that work is an extension of your life and especially your spiritual life? Or do you find that work is compartmentalized and you really feel disconnected throughout the week. I would love to hear what you think about work and what it means to be a Christian at work. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Aaron Groat