40-hour non-Christian

July 25, 2011 by jpark

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. (Colossians 3:23-24)

You ever feel like a like your Christian life is like that weekend super-hero, fantasy adventure that ends ever-so-abruptly come Monday morning? I know it’s a little dramatic, but I do. All the time. For me, it’s always been a struggle to find purpose, fulfillment, contentment in my vocational marketplace calling and I think that may be true for many people out there.

Root Cause. Well, theologically speaking, I do think it’s somewhat of a result of the pervasive secularization our society. The lack of a view and understanding of God that is transcendent in every facet of our lives. We could easily spend many long hours discussing and tracing this back through the annals of global theological history, but the bottom line is, for myself and perhaps many others: God is not IN our 40 hours.

Counsel. Upon reading a sermon from John Piper. I found the following both enlightening and encouraging.

So the counsel I would give is to seek to do your work in such a way that Christ looks more important than your work. Seek to make and use money in such a way that Christ looks more important than money. Seek to have relationships with people in the work place such that Christ is more important than those relationships.

Piper goes on to explain that this isn’t a demphasizing of our work, money or relationships per se, but rather it is an uplifting, a “hallowing” of Christ above all other things and these “all other things” being reflective of that one purpose.

I realize that it may not be a simple as it seems to be but maybe it is-perhaps maybe it really is just that simple as God through his grace, realigns our hearts and minds to make Him supreme and above all. Gospel at work…literally =)




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