Seeking God’s kingdom first in the everyday

from The Briefing by 

“What do you do for work?” is one of the most common questions that we ask when we meet someone new. For most of us, work is right at the heart of how we see ourselves and how we explain ourselves to others. Usually, it’s at the heart of our diaries, too—in any given working week, this is the place where we spend around half our waking hours.

For lots of people work is also at the heart of our relationships. A decade or so ago, shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer told us that our friends were our family. A generation before that they told us that family was family—think of shows like The Cosby Show, The Brady Bunch, or Hey Dad…! But today, isn’t the message from shows like The Newsroom, Grey’s Anatomy, or any of the crime shows like NCIS and CSI, that work is now our family?

Work is, therefore, not just an important part of how we see ourselves and how we explain ourselves to others. It’s also a big part of our culture’s view of life.

But it’s also an area that we sometimes struggle with when we’re trying to think Christianly. We’re okay when we’re talking about the gospel, or about our life together as Christians, or growing in love for one another, or sin and holiness, or trying to make disciples. But for lots of Christians, we’re nowhere near as good at speaking about work, except perhaps as something you should give up in order to do full-time paid Christian ministry. This means that for some of us a big disconnect can develop between our Christian faith and our lives at work, and we’re not quite sure what one has to do with the other.

So how should we think about the value of work in a world that God has made, but which is also going to pass away?



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