Recently First-Centenary, The Scenic City Women’s Network, and the Chattanooga Institute for Faith and Work hosted a video broadcast of a live event from Dallas, Texas called, “Work As Worship.” Those are three words we do not often hear in that order. Our context of the word “work” should be both that which is financially paid as well as unpaid. Most people reading this will spend (or have spent) half of their lives engaged in work.
For some, work is something that has to be done to pay for the things they need and beyond that, the things they want. For many, work is self-satisfying, self-fulfilling and for the most part enjoyable. But work as worship?
When we accepted Jesus Christ as our savior, we began a lifetime journey to serve as a whole life disciple. We are called to serve Christ through all of our roles in life, especially the one where we spend most of our waking hours. God gave each of us talent and passion to be used in work. Your work matters to God because the people with whom you work with matter to God.
When we do our work with excellence, integrity and diligence we are living out, avodah...the Hebrew word that, depending on its use, means service, or work, or worship. For us the world is not divided into compartments of sacred and secular. Regardless, if we love our work or just tolerate it, the focus is not on ourselves but on serving and glorifying God. The Vine and Nave are not the only places where we worship. God created us to work and to worship – for us as resurrection people.
Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 2:52 PM EDT