TGIF“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for
the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from
the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

“I didn’t know you were in
full-time Christian work,” said my close friend as we were driving.
“I didn’t realize that,” she went on. I responded, “Every person
who has followed the will of God in their life is in full-time Christian
work.” God calls some to the mission field, others to be accountants, and
others to be advertising executives, and still others to be construction
workers. God never made a distinction between sacred and secular. In fact, the
Hebrew word avodah is the root word having the same meaning of “work”
and “worship.” God sees our work as worship.

We have incorrectly elevated
the role of the Christian worker to be more holy and committed than the person
who is serving in a more secular environment. Yet the call to the secular
workplace is as important as any other calling. God has to have His people in
every sphere of life. Otherwise, many would never come to know Him because they
would be separated from society.

I learned this lesson
personally when I sought to go into “full-time” service as a pastor
in my late twenties, only to have God thrust me back into the business world
unwillingly. This turned out to be the best thing He could have done for me,
because it was never His will for me to be a pastor. He knew I was more suited
for the workplace.

We are all in missions. Some
are called to foreign lands. Some are called to the jungles of the workplace.
Wherever you are called, serve the Lord in that place. Let Him demonstrate His
power through your life so that others might experience Him through you today
and see your vocation as worship to His glory.

Os Hillman

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