Working For the Weekend?

Posted: January 18, 2011 in Bible, church, leadership, writing

This past weekend at Redwood Church, we launched a new teaching series about work, The Office. We’re spending three weeks examining why we work, how to get the most out of our work and how to deal with the tension between the demands of work and the obligations of home, family, community and church.

Unfortunately, work – at least in Christian contexts – goes frequently unexamined. The reason is simple: Many of us see work as a means to an end; something we do in order to do the things we really want to do. Dorothy Sayers once wrote, “What I urged then was a thoroughgoing revolution in our whole attitude to work. I asked that it should be looked upon, not as a necessary drudgery to be undergone for the purpose of making money, but as a way of life in which the nature of man should find its proper exercise and delight and so fulfill itself to the glory of God.  That it should, in fact, be thought of as a creative activity undertaken for the love of the work itself; and that man, made in God’s image, should make things, as God makes them, for the sake of doing well a thing that is well worth doing.”

Sayers is calling Christians to revolutionize work by envisioning work as something done for the sake of the work itself. This is also what we see in the Genesis 1 creation poem, as the writer pictures Creator God as One who works and delights in his work, calling it good.

So the question for us is this: How do we see our work? Is it something that drains us; something to get out of as soon as possible? Or could there be a way to change how we see out work altogether. And if so, might we revolutionize the world at work?

  1. Trey says:

    Palmer–thanks for bringing this to your pulpit. As a guy who spent the first ten years of my work life in ministry and now intentionally has planted myself outside of the church office, this speaks near to my heart.

    I think Christians should be better positioned than anyone to be all that we were created to be in the workforce. If not us, then who? Others should be genuinely impressed not only with our character and ethic, but the presence we bring. That presence should flow from a belief that we are created uniquely and we have something unique to bring to wherever we find ourselves.

    For me, work is not just a means to an end, it’s a means to fully living into who God has created me to be.

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