We have witnessed how drastic measures to combat a virus have crippled both big and small businesses and shaken the global economy. The results have been devastating and the recovery, we are told, will take a long time. How will all this change people’s view of work? Certainly people tend to build their identity around their work, which in many ways is being stripped from them! The verses written about work in the New Testament were addressed to people who worked in a very oppressive and unbalanced work culture. One of the distinguishing marks of Christianity in those days was how it viewed work. Christians, who did their work with respect, diligence, and integrity, offered a stark contrast to the culture’s view of work. The example Christians displayed in their work paved the way for the Gospel to infiltrate the culture. It was not dependent on whether or not the work culture made it easy for them… their work ethic was simply based on their belief that God gives dignity and honor to work. This made an impact and influenced the world around them. Please know that whether you are employed, unemployed, furloughed, or retired, we as Christians are always employed by the Lord, and we can rest assured by His promise to always provide for our needs. Working for any reason less than “as for the Lord” will render us ineffective as a witness to the work culture.
I will conclude with the following summary statement taken from Session 1 of our FCAP “On the Job…God’s Way” Seminar: “People with a God-sized view of work understand that performing the details of their job with diligence and integrity is of greatest important to God, while also believing that the ultimate purpose and results are bigger than that of the company and their own personal goals….” PMC Remember: “… do your work (whatever it is) heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men…. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24); “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.