Men at Work

One of the men in our men’s ministry began his talk several years ago by introducing himself as an ordained lawyer. That was the point he and I were trying to drive home to our men that morning… to think of themselves as ordained ________ (fill in the blank with whatever it is that they do.). In other words, your work IS your ministry.

To think of your job as your ministry is foreign to many of us. Many of us grew up thinking that only pastors and missionaries “did ministry.” Thankfully, there has been a surge of books and studies that have tried to steer folk away from that sort of thinking.

What we want to get people thinking about is “vocation” or calling. This is a horrible paraphrase, but a quote often attributed to Martin Luther supposedly went something like, “A cobbler who makes shoes to the glory of God during the week is every bit the minister as a pastor who preaches a sermon on Sunday morning.” The Bible does not draw a distinction between the sacred and the secular. All work should be for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23-24,

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, [24] since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

While God may give you the opportunity to communicate the gospel, hold a Bible study, or wear a John 3:16 button in your workplace, it’s more likely that your faith will be exercised by simply doing your job well, with integrity. Beyond that, it may also include representing Christ faithfully to hurting, lost, angry, bitter, fearful, restless, or despairing people. How can Christ use you to minister to those sorts of people in your workplace? What might that look like? In every setting, you are Christ’s ambassador… his representative.

In order to help you with those questions, here are a few links to enable you to discover what your faith at work might look like in your spheres of influence…

The High Calling

Center for Faith and Work   

The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics   

Christian Business Men Connection

On Call in Culture   

Called to Business.com    

Christian Faith at Work   

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International   

WorkMatters.org  

How to Build a Ministry through Your Work by Pat Morley at Man in the Mirror

Work and the Man in the Mirror (audio and video messages) by Pat Morley

A Biblical View of Work by Ken Boa

Theology of Work from Western Seminary

The Theology of Work (print and mp3 audio available) by Robert Rayburn

Working out a Theology of Work and here by Justin Taylor (also see the related resources at the bottom of the article)

Theology of Work (website)

Video Messages on Work from Wayne Grudem

Videos on Faith and Work from Tim Keller  

Men and Work video messages by Patrick Morley 

Miscellaneous video messages on a Theology of Work    

Business for the Glory of God (book) by Wayne Grudem

God at Work (book) by Gene Edward Veith

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