Which one of these types of work is more pleasing to God—the work you do at your church or the work you do at your place of employment? The answer is that God cares equally for each one. Both can be performed to his glory and as a service to him, both are a venue for witnessing Christ to others and both can be used to advance his Kingdom.
God cares about all of it–your church work, your day job, and the work you do in your home and community.
The fact is you are a full-time servant of Christ in every realm of life.
The belief that church work is the highest type of Christian labor is rooted in the early church teaching that the purest form of Christian service could only be achieved by a very small number of special Christians who spent their lives in monasteries or convents. These early monastics (e.g., priests, monks, and nuns) unencumbered themselves from the everyday concerns of the rest of us, such as: learning a trade, marriage, raising children, and involvement with our neighbors and others.
They positioned themselves as only doing sacred things while we “lesser” Christians were relegated to mere secular pursuits. For example, the Christian shoemaker would devalue his vocation and the many fruits of his labors while simultaneously venerating the vocation of the “spiritually superior” religious cleric.
Yes, some of us do a much better job of serving Christ than others whether in church, in the workplace or in our homes. And, yes, we respect and support our pastors and ministers (Eph 4:11-12), but most of them will be quick to tell you that the value of their work to God is not limited to their specific vocations.
It’s Jesus first and then all the rest of us who serve him.
All of us Christians are equipped to declare the praises of Jesus in every aspect of our lives.
1 Peter 2:9 is addressing the whole church when it says: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”