We typically embrace the weekend as an escape from the reality of our “work” that we know will quickly return on Monday, but this past Sunday, we took a few minutes to talk about “work.” Specifically, we considered how “work” can actually be a form of “worship.” The 9-5 grind (or whatever your work schedule may be) is something God wants you to find fulfilling, purposeful, and worthwhile for His Kingdom mission. Yes, it’s easier said than done, especially if you struggle with your boss or other co-workers, but we can’t ignore what God may want to do in us and through us where we spend most of our Monday-Friday.
As a continuation of what I shared on Sunday, I’d love for you to read the excerpt below. Other people and churches are having this same conversation when it comes to “work as worship.” This writing is from Pastor JD Greer, who is the lead pastor of Summit Church in North Carolina. The link to the full article is at the end of this post. I know his words will help you further consider this topic and what it means for you.
When someone thinks about their work being “Christian,” all kinds of disturbing images come to mind. Opening a beauty salon called “A Cut Above” or a coffee shop called “He Brews.” Working awkward evangelism moments into sales calls. Defiantly saying “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays” in the checkout line or sneaking a “have a blessed day” into a salutation. Putting up posters about Bible study options at lunch or sending out group emails about sightings of the Virgin Mary in Equador.
Perhaps you remember the 2004 incident of an American Airlines Pilot who, in his pre-flight announcements, asked all the Christians on board the plane to raise their hands. He then suggested that that during the flight the other passengers talk to those people about their faith. He also told passengers he’d also be happy to talk to anyone who had questions. Understandably, it freaked a lot of people out: the pilot of your airplane talking to you about whether or not you’re ready to meet Jesus? While they might admire the guy’s zeal, many Christian business people think, “I just don’t think I could do that and keep my job.”
Many Christians think that you just can’t serve the Kingdom of God at work, and that Kingdom work happens “after hours;”—volunteering at the church nursery; attending small group; going on a mission trip; serving at the soup kitchen. Our work is a necessity that must be endured to put bread on the table. God’s interest in the fruit of our labors is primarily that we tithe off of it.
The Bible offers quite a different perspective. Scripture teaches us how to serve God through our work, not just after work. The Bible speaks clear and radical words to people in the workplace, showing us that even the most menial of jobs have an essential role in the mission of God.
In fact, it is surely not coincidental that most of the parables that Jesus told had a workplace context, and that of the 40 miracles recorded in the book of Acts, 39 of them occurred outside of a church setting. The God of the Bible seems as concerned with displaying His power outside the walls of the church as He does within it.
I want to suggest five qualities that make work “Christian.” “Christian,” of course, means “done through faith in Jesus Christ,” but work that is Christian will have 5 qualities: (1) Creation-Fulfilling; (2) Excellence-Pursuing; (3) Holiness-Reflecting; (4) Redemption-Displaying; and (5) Mission-Advancing.
Read the rest of the article by going here… https://jdgreear.com/blog/can-you-worship-while-you-work/