In large part, spiritual leaders have done a good job of explaining how to follow Jesus at home and at church, and how to cultivate your personal devotional life. Our focus has been on prayer, Bible study, congregational worship, evangelism, and service.
But what does it look like to follow Christ at work? Sadly, many Christians have a hard time defining what faith looks like at work on Monday morning. C.S. Lewis’ colleague Dorothy Sayers points our one important reason for this disconnect:
In nothing has the church so lost her hold on reality as in her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least, uninterested in religion.
But is it so astonishing? How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life? The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.
This disconnect between Sunday and Monday has not only crippled the Church’s outreach into the most strategic mission field in the world, it has undermined discipleship by segregating a person’s spiritual life from the part of their life that dominates their waking hours: their work.
Actually, the Bible has as much or more to say about work as it does about worship. In fact, as these three messages will explain, work is how we worship God the other six days of the week. Colossians 3:22-4:6 gives us three components that will help us reframe what it means to follow Jesus between Sundays as we go about our work.
Specifically, a vibrant Monday morning faith involves:
- Going to work with a new attitude to serve rather than be served (Col.3:22-4:1)
- Trusting in a new supply of personal capital, relying on God rather than our personal resources (Col.4:2-4)
- Pursuing a new career objective, walking through open doors rather than climbing the ladder (Col. 4:5-6)