Honoring Christ through our Vocations

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Over the last couple of years there has been a rallying cry to rediscover the theology of the marketplace. This has been premised on the fact that for so long the church has espoused and taught a platonic dualistic view of the world and life. The ramification of this has been a huge divide between what is considered to be “sacred” and the “secular”. Many honest Christians still struggle to balance their life on Sunday and the other life thorough the week. Of course this worldview has no Biblical support. In their book Business for the common good: a Christian Vision for the Marketplace, Kenman Wong and Scott Rae argue that one’s work can be an altar; “a significant place at which we devote our time, energy, gifts and skills in service to God….”

God is a worker as the creator and sustainer of the universe. When He created Adam and Eve, He entrusted them with a garden to “work it and keep it;” and this was before the Fall. Jesus Christ Himself held a high view of work; He was a carpenter. Paul made tents and indeed exhorted the believers in the early church to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17 ESV).

We can honor Christ through our work. Your profession can be your calling—a platform through which to honor God and serve His purposes. A surgeon on an operating table, researcher in a laboratory, an athlete on a running track, a teacher in a classroom, or a pastor in a local church can all be servants of Christ if the purpose of what they do is for the glory of God. The most important thing here is the attitude we have towards God and the work we do.

And whatever you do, whether in word

Reference: Wong, Kenman L., Rae, Scott B. Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace. IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011

 

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