God’s Plan for You at Work
Every day, millions of workers go to work without seeing the slightest connection between what they do all day and what they think God wants done in the world. — Doug Sherman, author of Your Work Matters to God
What the Scripture Says About Work
The Bible has a lot to say about work. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-25 More Scripture…
Stories to Inspire
When I was a boy growing up in a small town in north Texas, a man in the oil business came to speak at our church. I was impressed by his stories about walking with God seven days a week. Ever since then I have loved to hear about people who lived-out authentic Christianity in the workplace, without being religious. You can read about some of them here. — David
Many people think Business is like a poker game, where distrust is essential to success and where no one shows their true intentions. Is there one set of ethics for the marketplace and another for the home and church? Oil baron John D. Rockefeller thought so. More …
Leaders in the Early Church
How many priests and religious leaders did Jesus call to be apostles?
- None of the 12 apostles belonged to the religious establishment. They were businessmen, who were despised by the religious leaders.
- None of the leaders in the early Church were priests or leaders in the Temple.
- The early Church looked to marketplace leaders, as opposed to religious leaders.
- The Gospels were written by religious outsiders: a medical doctor (Luke), a retired tax officer (Matthew), a fisherman (John) and Mark (probably the son of a merchant)
- In the Bible, almost all of the activity of God that changed society was done in the workplace, and not in the church.
- Of the 40 miracles in the book of Acts, 39 took place in the workplace.
- Of the 52 parables Jesus told, 45 had a workplace context.
- Jesus had a carpentry business until age 30
The distinction between marketplace and ministry is a man-made one. Every believing Christian is in full-time ministry.
God’s method is to use common people to reach the world with the good news. Most men and women spend most of their time in the workplace, interacting with people who do not have a relationship with God. When Christians conduct themselves and their business in such a way that God can endorse their life, they will earn the right to be heard.