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In Christian RealTalk, Tough Questions by Antwuan Malone2 Comments

“Do you hate your job?”

So  many people say “yes” to this question! So many Christians. So what should we do about it?

I ran across a pretty cool video that explained the idea of using our everyday work as worship, and it got me to thinking again about this idea of being “missionaries in the marketplace.” I’ve written previously about my frustrations with the idea of being called to something other than the daily grind, and I still stand by the statements made there. I still believe that there are many who are called to many different things, and that functioning outside of the purpose for which you are made is sin. Thus, working in a secular vocation when God has purposed you for more direct ministry inside a church is something I still frown upon, with great sad-face sadness. :.(

But I can’t argue with the idea that everyone is called to serve God in some capacity. And I can’t challenge the idea that the body of Christ (the church) is made up of so many different purposeful functions that differ so greatly from one another. Just like our own bodies. As I’ve mentioned before, the toe can’t do what the lung or heart does. We need all of it. Toes, hearts, lungs, eyes,hands, veins, sinews, joints… (ok, you get the drift).

The video makes a great point about how all of our work is an act of worship to God. It is easy to get caught up in the corporate politics, or the lack of appreciation, or the sudden changes that throw your life out of whack. It’s easy to take personal the  company decisions and mandates that feel idiotic, inconsiderate, and unfair. But those are the reasons to be Jesus in the office. This video reminded me that our workplace is perhaps the most ripe territory for “loving our enemies,” and “turning the other cheek.” Our jobs are often the places where the lights of our lives (not our mouths) can shine the brightest. Our offices, stores, board rooms, and customer exchanges are often the only “plentiful harvest” we’ll ever be sent into.

It’s important for us to see every opportunity, every single one, as an opportunity to reveal the love of Christ.

Not for our own advancement or glory, but because we are God’s ambassadors. As silly and ridiculous a plan as it may seem, God has entrusted us to be spokesmen for his Kingdom. Fortunately, we don’t have to do much more that exercise the love for God we are already developing personally in our lives.

I still feel called to a ministry by vocation, and like the video, admit that some people are not meant to stay in the marketplace. But I also hear Jesus saying that the “harvest was plenty, but the laborers are few.” Let’s be laborers for God wherever we may spend our day by worshiping him in our work.

Amen.

 In what ways can you worship God at your job?

 

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Antwuan Malone is a Ministry Director at ELEVATE Young Adult Ministry (elevateministry.net) where empowers young adults toward Christian leadership. He is passionate about seeing young adults take their place in church history by drawing near enough to God to hear his call on their life, and courageously living in obedience to that call.
4 comments
Jason Bradford
Jason Bradford

I never hate my job I work for God was my mind shift! Perspective!

Lisa Barotta Edwards
Lisa Barotta Edwards

I do believe that I worship God while I work.  My job involves helping patients at home, mostly special needs children who live life attached to machines.  I think that hiring caring nurses who are highly qualified as well as honest, is an act of worship.  I do my job with honesty and integrity, which isn't always the norm in a world where taking the easy way is a frequent choice for many.  I try to treat others the way I would want to be treated.  Let's face it, what we do for "the least of these" we've done unto Him. And in that light,  I sure want to try to do the right thing.