526 – The Theology of Work: You’re “Ordained”
This week you and I will be awake for about 112 hours, and we’ll likely spend about half of that time working if we include commuting. Yet a lot of us don’t have a good “theology of work”–a biblical understanding.
A man told me, “All my life, all I ever wanted was to be a high school math teacher. Finally, my dream came true, but I found two problems. First, my students were coming to class with problems math can’t solve. Second, the Christian teachers didn’t know each other. God has given me a vision and calling to address those problems.”
And then he said something amazing, “I am an ordained math teacher.” Isn’t that great? Every vocation is important to God. If you’re a salesman, you’re an ordained salesman. Are you a truck driver? You are an ordained truck driver. A farmer? You’re ordained.
That’s because for a Christian, there is no such thing as a “secular” job. God makes no distinction between sacred and secular work! Every vocation is holy to the Lord. A calling to teach in a Christian school is no higher calling than to be a businessman, a plumber, or something else.
The Bible teaches that our work is not merely a platform to serve God–it IS serving God. God calls us to BOTH the Great Commission AND the Cultural Mandate. He wants us to both “build the kingdom” and “tend the culture.” That means we don’t simply endure work until a coffee break so we can witness to our co-workers; the work itself is important to God. It has intrinsic value.
So how should we respond? “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). One man doing custodial work put it this way. He said, “I am a disciple of Jesus disguised as a janitor.” Whatever you do, God has ordained you to do it.
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