Fulfilling Work: Does Everyday Work Matter to God? (Secular Job to Holy Vocation)

For most of us, we spend an average of 100,000 hours over a lifetime in non-church work. Is this just wasted time until we can get to the “real ministry” opportunities?

Are religious occupations the only place that one is "called"? That there is a vocation?

Might God view this as something more? A place of the secular job being a holy vocation?

And in that… find fulfillment.

Chris Armstrong, a Bethel Seminary professor in church history, provides a great conversation looking at the history of vocation and how we look at secular work. Find some inspiration for your everyday walk with Christ and check out the full article, click here.

How do you keep a view of your daily work being important to God (especially on the hard days)?

A couple thoughts from the article to get you started...

The Incarnation and Work

"...when we reflect on the unity of the Incarnation, we see that just as God joined divinity and humanity to work in time and space in the embodied Jesus, so he continues to work in our own times and spaces. To be true followers of the Incarnate Christ, we cannot ignore any sphere of our time-bound, material existence—least of all our work."

 

Spiritual Life strengthened in Work

"Rather, he [Gregory the Great] saw that in order to become truly spiritual, one must move not only away from the distractions of the flesh to reach the spirit, but also back from the heights of the spiritual life to the concerns of bodily life. This was true for Gregory for several reasons. First, because in the church’s understanding at the time the active life did not just mean a life of running around and being active, like the bumper sticker “Jesus is coming back soon. Look busy!” Rather, this is the life of service to others (which is what all work is still ultimately about). And second, in the midst of that service to others, one encounters all the intractable sinfulness of humanity—both in our relationships with others and in our own responses within those relationships. At work we have our sins revealed, and we realize every day that we need the power of God in order to get anywhere in dealing with other human beings."

1 Response

  1. David Schatz
    Well written. I really enjoy reading these posts.

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