Our typical 9 to 5 jobs often get a bad rap for taking us away from our families and the important work of God. And while work can certainly become an idol, our daily jobs can also be redeemed for good.
Many hours are spent on the job and a good dose of our sense of accomplishment and identity tends to come from what we do.
And maybe more than we care to admit, we focus more on building our careers than the culture within our home or making any meaningful attempts to align our jobs with the work of God.
We will likely always wrestle with the tension of fulfilling our life purpose in the world and honoring the sacred responsibilities to our home. But there’s no expectation that we give up one for the other.
And to be sure, our first loyalty is to God and we should not let anything, including our jobs, come before this commitment.
At the same time, this does not require us to give up our typical 9 to 5 jobs to become professional ministers or fulltime missionaries.
Certainly these are noble callings God calls some to.
But for most of us, our jobs will remain fully embedded into the culture and society around us. And it is here that our work must also be redeemed.
To redeem our work means to reclaim it for good.
Whether we are the butcher, baker, or candlestick maker our jobs are an extension of our kingdom and we have the responsibility to use our realm of influence to bring more life and goodness into the world.
As such, there’s no guilt in whatever job we have because we’re working for God in whatever we do.
Redeem your work for good.