How Jesus’ Work Changes Our Work

Work as Worship

Date: February 8, 2015
Study: Work as Worship
Teacher: Kameron Slater

All believers are primarily called to salvation and discipleship, and that our secondary callings are our personal response to God’s primary call—the ways in which our own particular skills, talents, and gifts, are put to work providentially to love God and our neighbors.

Seven Purposes for Work: 1) We work as God’s representatives 2) We work as an expression of love and worship of God 3) We work as a way to love others 4) We work for money, so we won’t be a burden 5) We work to adorn the gospel 6) We work for our enjoyment 7) We work as an act of faith

Two Distortions of Work: 1) Idolatry- over-identifying with our work 2) Idleness- under-identifying with our work

One of the dangers of teaching a class on our calling in the workplace is that we can end up saying a lot of helpful, true, even Biblical things without actually getting to the gospel.  You would think that as a born-again Christian your approach to your work should be different from a devout Jew or a faithful Roman Catholic or a good Mormon, for example—even though these groups largely agree on the framework that we’ve laid out so far.  Your view should be different because of the gospel.  How does the gospel make you a different worker than someone who is good, moral, with a Judeo-Christian worldview?

As a Christian, your work should be different because of Jesus’ work.  Jesus was the perfect worker. He perfectly carried out the work God gave him to do (John 17:4), including accomplishing our salvation on the cross.  Jesus’ work was to live a righteous life and die a sinner’s death.  His work was to go to the cross, where he took the penalty that our sin deserved so that we could be made right with God. In the death and resurrection of Jesus a transaction took place. We came to the deal with the wages of our sin and a massive debt against God that we could never repay. Jesus came to the deal with a flawless credit score: a life of pure obedience and a perfect relationship with the King. And the great trade was made: God treated Jesus as we deserved, so that all who believe in him would be treated as he deserved. He made the ultimate sacrifice of his life so that we could know the ultimate grace of being forgiven of our sins and brought into a right relationship with God.

If we trust in Jesus, we are saved by his work, not by our work. Now, this good news, this gospel, has some very significant implications for us. The gospel changes five things about the way we work:  Continue reading