When you show up to work, Jesus Christ shows up to work. Your work and the time you spend in the workplace are part of God’s plan for the administration and advancement of his Kingdom.
You don’t have to quit your job to be in full-time Christian service to God and others.
The following four principles highlight the spiritual aspects of your daily labor. They are in no special order.
All Christians are equal.
When it comes to the things of God, it’s Jesus Christ and then everyone else. There is no hierarchy of holiness in the New Testament church—no veneration of one class of believer over another.
All Christians are ministers of the Gospel, serving the same God in a variety of ways and in a variety of places.
Your work is a calling from God.
Genesis 1 and 2 make it clear that human work is a divinely ordained activity. Your work has a spiritual dimension at its center and it pleases God. Work is not a curse, never has been and never will be. Work was good from the beginning and it is still good today. The true value of your work is not a matter of just dollars and cents.
God designed mankind to engage with his creation to be fruitful, active, and creative.
Work changes, but God never does.
Serve God with your work.
Ephesians 6:7 instructs you to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,” and Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men … It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Serving God and others with your work is ministering to God and others with your work.
First Peter 4:10 declares: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.”
The workplace is your mission field.
In John 17:15, Jesus prayed that we Christians not be taken out of the world. The verse reads, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world.” Jesus wants you to stay in the world just like he was in the world, and today few places are more worldly than the realm of work.
God has work for you to do here and now at your place of employment. You are a full-time minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your workplace.