"In nothing has the church so lost Her hold on reality as in Her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least, uninterested in religion. But is it astonishing? How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life? The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays."
Written over 60 years ago by Dorothy Sayers, this quote is just as crucial for us to understand today and is expounded upon by Timothy Liu in his recent article for the Lausanne Movement.
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The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics recently released their 2018 updated list for the top-ten best books on faith and work. These books answer questions such as, "What is the purpose of work?", and, "How am I, as a Christian supposed to live as a follower of Jesus in the place where I spend 40 or more hours a week?"
The list is worth checking out, and each book included has a description written by Hugh Whelchel, executive director of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics.
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In his talk at the Faith at Work conference, Tim Keller goes through what God intends for our work, and how we have shifted from its intended purpose. Keller offers an incredibly insightful way of thinking about all of our work, even the smallest tasks.
"Christians in the workplace should be motivated by our desire to glorify God and to inspire others to desire to know him. Work done well is uncommon, and it will be noticed by our colleagues and clients or patients."
On The High Calling blog, several reasons why and ways are given to model Christ through excellency in our work. Working excellently in everyday jobs gives God glory as we were designed to work, and might even lead to opportunities to share our faith with others.
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"The call of God on our lives extends even to the ordinary activities and relationships of our station in life. Things like singleness or marriage, family, location and vocation, and church membership are not mere circumstances in the life of a disciple of Jesus, but aspects of God’s call on our lives to live for his glory."
In his article, Dear Christian, You've Been Called to Mission, Zane Pratt outlines the different ways the Bible refers to calling compared to our modern uses of the word.
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