Many companies have a special day when employees can bring a son or daughter to work. Christians have something more important to bring to work, the gospel. Christians should pack the gospel and its implications in their briefcase every morning. For Christians this subject should be a matter of the highest priority because how the gospel impacts what we do Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 is greatly ignored.
Over the last few months I have read or surveyed many books on this subject. I want to recommend my two favorites, Gene Edward Veith’s God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life and Sherman and Hendricks Your Work Matters to God
Veith is a Lutheran. You have probably seen his writings in World Magazine. Hegives us a compelling summary of Martin Luther’s doctrine of vocation and attempts to apply it to life in the 21st century. Veith defines the purpose of vocation, how to find your vocation, and how God is present to us as we pursue our vocation on a daily basis.
Although Your Work Matters to God was published in 1987, remarkably it is still in print. Few books achieve this status. The authors point out that, for many “Career has become far more than a means of paying the bills. It has taken on many of the roles once played by religion. Meanwhile, religion, according to one historian, has become privately engaging but socially irrelevant” (Pg 20). They note that work is the place where Christianity and unbelief most frequently rub shoulders. If this is true it could be that “what happens on the regular weekdays may be far more important, so far as the Christian faith is concerned, than what happens on Sundays” (pg 217). For this reaso alone this book is worth reading. It might transform your vocation, making it a rich venue for rewarding ministry.
Brothers and sisters, those who “take the gospel to work” daily inform themselves to make this a reality. Either of these excellent books will equip you to do just that.