A Word to the Wise: About Work and School

We spend most of our lives working. From our first day of school to our first day of retirement (and often far beyond that), we work and we work, whether studying or parenting, paid or volunteering, self-employed or looking for employment. The good news is that, regardless of what we do or how much we enjoy doing it, all of our work has dignity when we give it to God.

This week, we’re reminded to relinquish our grasp on our work and roll everything we do over to God, allowing him to establish what he wants to establish. So, let’s work wisely, with self-discipline and self-direction, because we know that we are ultimately working for the Lord.

Recommended Resources:

Check out our 2016 sermon series Good Work which dives deeper into this topic.

Made to Flourish and the Center for Faith and Work are two different organizations that explore the integration of faith and work for the good of our communities. You can find a bunch of great articles and other resources on their websites.

From the Next Steps archives:

Learn how to see purpose in your work. This post accompanies Pastor Kayla’s message from our 2018 series The Struggle Is Real, which you can find here.

Reflect on how we can be Christ-like in our work environments. (This post also includes a helpful video about slavery during biblical times; here is an updated link to that video.)

For those of us who tend to work too much, the Bible’s warning against laziness is the exact opposite of what we need to hear. Instead, we need to learn to rest, which is both healthy and commanded by God. Check out this post for Sabbath practice ideas and other resources. You can watch Pastor Craig’s message on Sabbath-keeping here.

Book Recommendations:

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work by Tom Nelson Work Matters: Lessons From Scripture by R. Paul Stevens
Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch