Worship While You Work

Charles Drew is the author of A Journey Worth Taking, a book about work and calling and finding your purpose in this world. Here are some wise words from Drew about worshiping God while working in a fallen world:

It is not always easy to worship while we work. Thanks to the fall, there is no job—whether it is raising children, running a bank, or working as a carpenter—that does not have its dreariness. Nevertheless, God made us for work, Jesus is present with us in our work, and Jesus will one day completely fix work. For these reasons, we should seek occasions to thank God for and in our work.

He then goes on to give these 5 reasons why we can be thankful to God for and in our work:

  1. Simply to be given something to do that brings order into our life is cause for thanks. If we get paid for it, all the better.
  2. Work often presents us with people to love—and this is good for us (especially when it is hard).
  3. There are, or course, those occasional jobs (or occasional tasks within a particular job) that we actually enjoy doing—for which it is only right to worship God.
  4. Then there is the recollection of how much worse work might be for us if we lived at a different time or under different circumstances—a recollection that should train our faith to see the hand of the Redeemer at work, and to thank him.
  5. Finally, there is the promise of consummation—of a coming world in which all toil will finally be taken from our work—and for this hope we worship God (especially when we are acutely aware of the toil in what we are presently doing).

1 Comment

  1. Barrie says:

    Hi Ray,

    I think that Paul was giving the same message when he wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18, “Be Joyful always; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. By being joyful always and giving thanks in all circumstances, (even work), we are fulfilling God’s wishes. I find that while I am working that my work seems to go easier and I find much peace in worshiping while I am working. Sure makes my days seem better.

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