Serving God at Work

 image of NYC from timothykeller.com

image of NYC from timothykeller.com

In his book Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller provides a brief inventory of some of the most common perspectives taken by Christian writers exploring Faith and Work. There is considerable variety, and an argument can be made for each, yet they are different enough that it seems impossible to simultaneously pursue them all. As he puts it:

"So if you are a Christian who is trying to be faithful in your work, you might find yourself trying to weigh sentiments as varied as these:
• The way to serve God at work is to further social justice in the world.
• The way to serve God at work is to be personally honest and evangelize your colleagues.
• The way to serve God at work is just to do skillful, excellent work.
• The way to serve God at work is to create beauty.
• The way to serve God at work is to work from a Christian motivation to glorify God, seeking to engage and influence culture to that end.
• The way to serve God at work is to work with a grateful, joyful, gospel-changed heart through all the ups and downs.
• The way to serve God at work is to do whatever gives you the greatest joy and passion.
• The way to serve God at work is to make as much money as you can, so that you can be as generous as you can."

Happily, he doesn't leave us here. The rest of the book delivers on its promise of helping us sort all this out. For most twenty-first century Americans seeking a Biblical understanding of faith and work, this is the book to start with. Amazon Link.