"But in the Bible, the concept of calling goes deeper than any one aspect of life, such as work. God calls people to become united with himself in every aspect of life. This can only occur as a response to Christ’s call to follow him. The calling to follow Christ lies at the root of every other calling. It is important, however, not to confuse a calling to follow Christ with a calling to become a professional church worker. People in every walk of life are called to follow Christ with equal depth and commitment."
To read the rest of this article by The Theology of Work Project on calling and vocation, click the button below.
In this article from IMB, Sebastian Traeger writes about workplace evangelism. Sometimes the idea can become romanticized in our minds and is something we say we will do in the future, but it actually begins now wherever we are. Traeger not only discusses this idea, but also gives four ways to provoke Gospel conversations with the people at work.
"In nothing has the church so lost Her hold on reality as in Her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least, uninterested in religion. But is it astonishing? How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life? The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays."
Written over 60 years ago by Dorothy Sayers, this quote is just as crucial for us to understand today and is expounded upon by Timothy Liu in his recent article for the Lausanne Movement.
The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics recently released their 2018 updated list for the top-ten best books on faith and work. These books answer questions such as, "What is the purpose of work?", and, "How am I, as a Christian supposed to live as a follower of Jesus in the place where I spend 40 or more hours a week?"
The list is worth checking out, and each book included has a description written by Hugh Whelchel, executive director of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics.
In his talk at the Faith at Work conference, Tim Keller goes through what God intends for our work, and how we have shifted from its intended purpose. Keller offers an incredibly insightful way of thinking about all of our work, even the smallest tasks.