Monday, May 31, 2010

Do you take the Gospel to work every day?

God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life (Focal Point Series)Many companies have a special day when employees can bring a son or daughter to work. Christians have something more important to bring to work, the gospel. Christians should pack  the gospel and its implications  in their briefcase every morning. For Christians this subject should be a matter of the highest priority because how the gospel impacts what we do Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 is greatly ignored.

Over the last few months I have read or surveyed many books on this subject. I want to recommend my two favorites, Gene Edward Veith's God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life and Sherman and Hendricks  Your Work Matters to God

Veith is a Lutheran. You have probably seen his  writings in World Magazine. Hegives us a compelling summary of Martin Luther's doctrine of  vocation and attempts to apply it to life in the 21st century. Veith defines the purpose of vocation, how to find your vocation, and how God is present to us as we pursue our vocation on a daily basis.

Your Work Matters to GodAlthough Your Work Matters to God was published in 1987, remarkably it is still in print. Few books achieve this status. The authors point out that, for many "Career has become far more than a means of paying the bills. It has taken on many of the roles once played by religion. Meanwhile, religion, according to one historian, has become privately engaging but socially irrelevant" (Pg 20). They note that work is the place where Christianity and unbelief most frequently rub shoulders. If this is true it could be that "what happens on the regular weekdays may be far more important, so far as the Christian faith is concerned, than what happens on Sundays" (pg 217). For this reaso alone this book is worth reading. It might transform your vocation, making it a rich venue for rewarding ministry.

Brothers and sisters, those who "take the gospel to work" daily inform themselves to  make this a reality. Either of these excellent books will equip you to do just that.

1 comment:

  1. Bill,

    Have you looked at the book called, Fabric of This World. The subtitle is Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work. One of its strengths is the discussion of how your view of God affects your view of work. There is also an interesting section on management theory relating to all this. Here is a link to it: