IS WORK PART OF YOUR WORSHIP?
July 2016

I am a 60 year old business guy who has been going to church all of my life. And I can assure you it does not make me more spiritual than anyone else. In fact, I’d say there are days that I wonder how I could be so screwed up given my propensity to pray (for myself and others) and to intently listen to the gospel being preached on Sunday.

Perhaps it’s because Monday happens?

This past Sunday however, a lightning bolt hit me. Our pastor talked about the injustice the church has been doling out for years by preaching and preaching and preaching about what we do as a church body, particularly on Sunday, but never talking about what the Gospel requires of me the rest of the week; duh, embarrassingly simple, but certainly a revelation.

The epiphany: it is important that we understand our work can be an act of worship to God. In fact, if we want God to bless our finances, our businesses, our employees and their families, we must make our work an act of worship.

What does this mean?

It means that no matter what you do - sweeping the streets, running a corporation or the work of a stay-at-home mom -- your job is more than a job. Scripture says while you are here on earth, you should use your work as an act of worship. I’m not talking about getting creepy and holier than thou with everyone at work by putting a Bible in their face while yelling repent.

I mean that whatever you do, you are to do it with enthusiasm. Well shut the front door. Here is the truth…for me, you, your family, your friends, whomever… If your heart is not in it, you are in the wrong job. Further, if you are not working with all your heart, you are probably not right with God. I can assure you I’ve been doing some soul searching on this topic.

Why work with all your heart? Colossians 3:23 says whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.

Yes, there may be someone who is your supervisor, but you are really serving a higher authority. No matter what I do, if it is to prepare a meal, if it is to sign an invoice, if it is to do an analysis, if it is to close a deal, if it is to make a sale, if it is to make a delivery -- whatever it is, I am to do it as if I'm doing it for God; an act of worship.

Martin Luther, the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation, said you can milk cows to the glory of God. You can clean toilets to the glory of God. Why? It's your attitude that says, 'God I'm doing it as if I'm doing it for you.' For instance, let’s say you make beds in a hotel; you are probably going to make them nicer if you think, 'I'm doing this as if Jesus were going to sleep in this bed'.

If you begin doing everything at work "as though you were working for the Lord and not for people", how would the way you work change?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Joe Bouch
CEO, 78Madison
A full Service Marketing and Advertising Agency in Central Florida – Altamonte Springs