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If a person went to church every Sunday from the age of 25 to age 65, they would spend around 3,000 hours gathered with the body of Christ. If the same person worked full-time during that span, they would put in around 80,000 work hours. My point? It is the workplace, not the sanctuary, where most Christians live out their faith. If God’s reign shapes all of life, then it must shape one’s view of work.
How does faith in Christ inform our work? Many people immediately think of sharing the gospel in the office or making loads of money to give to ministry and missions. While neither of those is wrong—in fact, they’re vital—a kingdom vision of God’s reign over all of life instills our work with even greater meaning and motivation.
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Many people think of God’s work in the world solely in terms of spiritual salvation. And while spiritual salvation is paramount, the biblical vision of the kingdom of God is not just about plucking souls from a fallen creation; it is about God saving people in his renewal of creation. God is constantly at work in sustaining and serving the world, and he does much of his work through us, often working through our work.
The Bible says the Lord “gives food to every creature” (Ps. 136:25, NIV). But how does he feed them? God doesn’t snap his fingers and make food appear on a plate. Rather, he feeds people through the farmer, the truck driver, the grocer, the cook, and the server. As Martin Luther said, “God could easily give you grain and fruit without your plowing and planting, but he does not want to do so.” God provides through the vocations of people. He is milking the cow through the vocation of the milkmaid, as Luther argued.
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