We Need to Recover Our Biblical Bearings

We are not Christians at prayer and pagans at work.  Our biblical convictions shape our approach to all questions of life.  Yet that is precisely why we need to evaluate those convictions.  We need to recover our biblical bearings.  If we mature in our theological convictions and assumptions about the nature of culture, we will begin to see that societies, like churches, are shaped over long periods and through all of the various callings that occupy us every day.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 159

It’s All Sacred Work

Anything and everything we do in Christ, for Christ, and like Christ is a sacred work. Practically, this means that even the most menial and mundane tasks of life are infused with meaning, as in Christ they become the good works God has prepared for us. We see this in Jesus’s own life: the second member of the Trinity spent many years as a carpenter has a part of his life if that works.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 77

It Will Make Him a Saint in His Shop

Again, let a Tradesman but have this intention, and it will make him a saint in his shop; his everyday business will be a course of wise and reasonable actions, made holy to God, by being done in obedience to his will and pleasure …He will therefore consider, not what arts, or methods, or application will soonest make him richer and greater than his brothers, or remove him from a shop to a life of state and pleasure; but he will consider what arts, what methods, what application can make worldly business most accepable to God, and make a life of trade a life of holiness, devotion, and piety.  This will be the temper and spirit of every tradesman; he cannot stop short of these degrees of piety, whenever it is his intention to please God in all his actions, as the best and happiest thing in the world.

– William Law

as quoted byBridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 152

When Work is a Manifestation of Love

When we are focused on loving Christ, it doesn’t mean we do less.  I used to do many of the same things I do now, but I was motivated by guilt or fear of consequences.  When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work.  But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love and it feels like love.

– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 110

The Higher Purpose of Work

Yet work is to have a higher purpose than self-preservation.  With Adam we are all called by God to be productive.  We are called to bear fruit.  To be productive and fruitbearing people we must be willing to work with dedication.

A refusal to work is a refusal to participate in one of the most fundamental human duties.  We groan at times under the burden of the curse, but the thorns, briars and seat do not excuse us from our vocation.

– R.C. Sproul, Pleasing God, copyright 1988, page 179