Yesterday was really more of a catch-up day. Today, I really am back to work. Today I’m in my study. Working. While you’re slaving away at the office or the construction site or the airport or the hospital, I’m at the church building doing God’s work. Right?
We are all doing God’s work, together, seven days a week.
Sometimes we speak in ways that make what I do as a preacher “full-time Christian work” and what you do as a member of the Body of Christ “part-time Christian work” or “weekend Christian work.” You must know that you are a full-time Christian banker or plumber or homemaker. You are a full-time Christian truck driver or repair man, administrator or salesperson. When we are at our work, we are at the same time at God’s work. Just like our Lord Jesus.
You realize that most of what Jesus did he did in a secular workplace: in a farmer’s field, in a fishing boat, at a wedding feast, in a cemetery, at a public well, on a country hillside, in a court room, at dinner with friends and family. Sometimes in the Gospels, Jesus shows up in a synagogue or at the temple. But he mostly spends time in the workplace.
John identifies Jesus as a worker 27 times in his Gospel. He quotes our Lord as saying, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.”
You work does not take you away from God; it continues the work of God. God is always in his workplace, your workplace, working. And once we recognize that, we more easily see ourselves — all of us — working in our workplaces in the name of Jesus to his eternal glory and praise.