Applying the Gospel to Your Workplace
Despite the fact that most Christians spend half of their waking lives at work, most have been taught very little on Sunday mornings about how to apply the truths of the gospel to the practicalities of their Monday to Friday work life. Because of this glaring disparity between practical need and lack of instruction, it is not uncommon for Christian professionals to hold an undeveloped, if not flat-out unbiblical, theology of work.
There are those who, taking cues from secular culture, hold too high a view of work. They make an idol of work. They find their identify more in what they do than in their relationship with Christ. They prioritize money, possessions, and status. Alternatively, some take too low a view of work. Having come to the conclusion that work doesn’t really matter, they tend to be idle at work. They settle for mediocrity and excuse poor attitudes and performance, believing non-ministry work to be of less value to God than their church-related activities.
Both of these mindsets — idolatry of work and idleness at work – are serious misunderstandings of how God intends for Christian’s to think about their roles in the workplace. In the Bible, God in his grace provides a better and more dynamic way to think about work. Whether we worship work or find ourselves being unfaithful at it, the gospel reminds us that work is both more and less than we often assume. The gospel teaches us, in particular, that “who we work for is more important than what we do,” and this has profound implications for our lives in the office.
We need to promote a biblical, healthy theology of work that seeks God’s glory, the good of others, and our own joy. We need to consider work from this distinct perspective: biblical, reformed, local-church centric, and pastorally and practically applied. We need to think about how the culture of gospel grace and a commitment to the local church can be explicitly lived out in the marketplace. Additionally, we need practical and pastoral wisdom on how to navigate the many workplace challenges arising from our secular culture. We desire to hold up examples of godly men and women who can be role models and guides for others. Finally, we want to connect Christians in similar callings to encourage one another and strategize together for evangelism.
In summary, we want to help ordinary Christians live extraordinary, gospel-centered, faithful and fruitful lives in their workplaces.
Learn more at www.thegospelatwork.com.
The Gospel at Work is officially a ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, but is a collaboration between them and Covenant Life Church, Redeemer Arlington, and other like-minded organizations and individuals.
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