GET TO WORK:
By now, I imagine most people have returned from holiday and are getting back into the swing of work—or perhaps dreading the thought of it happening soon! Even the retired or unemployed folk among us will likely have settled into some kind of rhythm of duties and chores (those weeds never stop growing, do they?!). As Christians, what are we to make of our labour?
For a start, knuckling down to work is not (as some are inclined to think) a result of the Fall. True, it got harder then (Gen 3:17), but all humans, right from the beginning, were called to rulership and stewardship over God’s creation (Gen 1:26-28). In other words, human flourishing involves getting to work as God’s representatives. And that makes work nothing short of a holy calling!
The call to work, then—whether secular, at home, or in the church—applies to all of us. As Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord . . . It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col 3:23-24). In that sense, work is not mainly an opportunity to witness to our unbelieving friends, and it’s not mainly about earning money so as to give generously, though both these things are good and right. Above all, our work is to be offered as worship to God, and it’s a key part of following Jesus (who was a carpenter, remember).
Today, of course, is Sunday, and I’m taking as granted that you’re keeping the fourth commandment, to set aside the sabbath day for rest (Exod 20:8-11)—even God took the seventh-day off (Gen 2:1-3). However, tomorrow is Monday. May we who follow Jesus be glad in getting to work, and may our efforts be pleasing to God, who delights in a job well done.
By Joshua Irving (Student Pastor)