a theology of work + vocation

A couple Sundays ago we took some time to look at a theology of work as a church community.

If our ultimate goal as the church is not just to fill seats on Sundays but to be priests (bridge builders) that fill the city than the primary place we worship is through our vocation.

My job?  Really?


And I made the mistake of waiting over two yeas in the City View story to unpack something that is important and core to all of our lives. The four letter word… WORK.

Things We Learn About Work From The Garden

  • work is pre the curse
  • we were created to work
  • we are image bearers of God
  • the first thing God blesses is man and then puts him to work (Genesis 1:28)

Ultimately, man was to reflect and rule with God in the garden.  There was rhythm and peace and work was good.

But the fall screws things up.

Genesis 3:17-19

cursed is the ground because of you;

in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;

and you shall eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your face

you shall eat bread,

till you return to the ground,

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust,

and to dust you shall return.”

Things We Learn From The Scriptures About Work In This Current Age

  • Work is not the curse, toil and work is the curse
  • One of the primary ways we worship in this current age is through our work
  • We are to work as though Jesus is our boss
  • We each have different vocations but we are all in full time ministry
  • One reason we work is to fund kingdom work

And then we have our future hope as people who follow Jesus!  We believe a day is coming when everything that is wrong will be made right.  Injustice, pain, suffering and the curse will be lifted.

And we will… (drum roll please)…  WORK.

Revelation 22:1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.


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