Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us About God

via Bill Peel
June 25th, 2017

Okay, my work matters to God. But how, you ask? 

John Van Sloten can help. He loves practicing the spiritual discipline of watching people work. For his new book, Every Job a Parable,  he interviewed Walmart greeters, engineers, auto mechanics, hair stylists, chefs—people working at dozens of different jobs—and discovered how their work beautifully reflects some aspect of Who God is. 

Chances are you’ll find someone he interviewed doing work like you do, and sees God at work in their work. Van Sloten calls the jobs he writes about "parables" because each one is a real-life, lived-out story depicting some aspect of God’s work and tell us something about God. A few examples:

  • When electricians connect a power line they image a world-empowering God, One who makes a way for His mysterious, wild, and sometimes dangerous power to plug into and enliven us.
  • Janitors and housekeepers image the God who humbly cleans up our lives and makes all things new every time they pick up, clean up, and make something shiny and pristine again.
  • When first responders rush to the scene of a fire, they image the risk-taking passion to save that characterizes God.
  • Just as a hairstylist shapes your hair and your image, God reshapes us into the image of His son.
  • When real estate developers see a tract of raw land and imagine a housing development or retail center, they imitate God’s vision to make us and all of creation into something useful and beneficial. 

Van Sloten wants to help us discover that there is no job too insignificant for God’s presence so we can respond like Jacob, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I was unaware of it. … How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven” (Genesis 28:16-17).

What does your work say to you and the world about God?

Available June 20, 2017. Order from Amazon

Channel(s): Doing Your Job
Media: Books