I don’t need to tell many of you that it’s Monday. The weekend is over and you’re back at work. Ah, yes, work. It’s that thing you have to do if you want to eat and pay the bills. “We owe, we owe, so off to work we go!”
Many people dread Mondays because they just don’t like what they do for a living. Or, they’ve lost motivation.
Does following Christ have anything to do with our work when we are not “doing full-time ministry”? How should we think about our jobs? Many times in life, when we change our perspective, it changes our attitude toward things. So how does God want me to see my job?
Is there any connection at all between my employment and God’s concerns and mission? How do the two great commands apply to work?
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Love God and Love your neighbor. I thought about these two great commands when I read the following:
“Rebecca Duff Good serves with InterVarsity as a graduate-school chaplain at Johns Hopkins University and other Washington D.C.-area graduate schools. Some years back, when she was serving at Harvard, she participated annually in their Graduate School Christian Fellowship’s “Ordination to Daily Work.” For thirty-five years, family, friends and professors have celebrated this tradition of commissioning and praying for Christians transitioning from the academic world and into the workplace with a vision to be emissaries for Christ.”
“Rebecca worked with Christian students to help them view their work with more than a “do your job like a Christian should and therefore all work is God’s work” attitude. “Although that is also true,” Rebecca points out,
“God is using our work to ‘sign post’ his future kingdom. It’s not just about how we do our work but also what we do that matters to God. There is gospel power in our work not only in those with whom we share the gospel and how honestly we work, but also in the very subject matter of our work itself, such as
• doctors helping to heal;
• teachers having opportunity to serve ‘the least of these’;
• violinists showing forth the beauty of God’s world.