Connecting Our Work to God's Mission
God is a worker, and as Christians our work can connect with his mission in the world.
Undoubtedly you have heard the phrase, "TGIF-Thank God It's Friday." It's a broadly-shared sentiment, as we head home from work looking forward to the weekend. There's nothing wrong with the sentiment, but I wonder how often (if ever) you've said to yourself on the morning following the Lord's Day, "TGIM-Thank God It's Monday!" Obviously that is a far less common phrase. But today I'd like to consider together why for Christians, the phrase TGIM makes a lot of sense and should increasingly mark our own vocabulary. You see, as believers in Jesus, our worldview about work is different than that expressed by much of popular culture. Our understanding of work is, in fact, deeply counter-cultural.
Popular culture tends towards two extremes when it comes to work. On the one hand, work has become an idol for some. For some people, work is the center of their identity, and they are trying to draw their very life from their job or career and the successes and recognition therein. This, we know from the Word of God in Jeremiah 2:13, is nothing but drinking from broken cisterns instead of from the Living Water. As believers, we affirm the high dignity and value of work, but we know that it cannot bear the weight of our deepest hopes and longings. Work is good, but needs to remain in its proper place and not become an idol.
On the other hand, much of our popular culture disparages work: we are cynical about it, we view it merely as an unfortunate but necessary means of getting the bills paid, and we see it as full of pettiness, cynicism, backstabbing, and ultimate meaninglessness. Just consider the (admittedly hilarious) TV show The Office, or the comic strip Dilbert.
God is a worker
Here are a few quotes I found about how people ...
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Amy L. Sherman, Ph.D., directs the Sagamore Institute's Center on Faith in Communities and has authored six books, most recently Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good.