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We started a new series on Sunday morning. Good Job: Your Work Matters. Whether you are currently in a paid position, retired, committed to parenting, a student, or otherwise devoting your time and energy each week to some end, God cares about your work. Your work matters to God, and your job can be glorious if you glorify God in your job.
Every now and then I begin a series and wish I could assign a bibliography for all of us to read together. I guess that stems back to my university days. There are few books out there on the topic of faith and work to match Tim Keller’s “Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Our goal is to feed your imagination and stir your action with the richness of what the Christian faith says (directly and indirectly) about this inexhaustible subject. The Bible teems with wisdom, resources, and hope for anyone who is learning to work, looking for work, trying to work, or going to work. And when we say that the Christian Scriptures ‘give us hope’ for work, we at once acknowledge both how deeply frustrating and difficult work can be and how profound the spiritual hope must be if we are going to face the challenge of pursuing vocation in this world.
“Everyone imagines accomplishing things, and everyone finds him- or herself largely incapable of producing them. Everyone wants to be successful rather than forgotten, and everyone wants to make a difference in life. But that is beyond the control of any of us. If this life is all there is, then everything will eventually burn up in the death of the sun and no one will even be around to remember anything that has ever happened. Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught.
“Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever. This is what the Christian faith promises.” (pp. 24, 29)
Whatever you are doing, your work can matter. I hope you’ll join us for more this week!Visit my.firstprescos.org/subscribe to receive messages like this one by email each Tuesday, along with links to First Pres news.