Our work and labor is not in vain, but a gift of God. Our work and jobs should not be isolated but integrated with our view of the Christian faith. I echo a statement by The Gospel Coalition:
The good news of the Bible is not only individual forgiveness but the renewal of the whole creation. God put humanity in the garden to cultivate the material world for his own glory and for the flourishing of nature and the human community. The Spirit of God not only converts individuals (e.g., John 16:8) but also renews and cultivates the face of the earth (e.g., Gen 1:2; Psalm 104:30). Therefore Christians glorify God not only through the ministry of the Word, but also through their vocations of agriculture, art, business, government, scholarship—all for God’s glory and the furtherance of the public good. Too many Christians have learned to seal off their faith–beliefs from the way they work in their vocation. The gospel is seen as a means of finding individual peace and not as the foundation of a worldview—a comprehensive interpretation of reality affecting all that we do. But we have a vision for a church that equips its people to think out the implications of the gospel on how we do carpentry, plumbing, data–entry, nursing, art, business, government, journalism, entertainment, and scholarship. Such a church will not only support Christians’ engagement with culture, but will also help them work with distinctiveness, excellence, and accountability in their trades and professions. Developing humane yet creative and excellent business environments out of our understanding of the gospel is part of the work of bringing a measure of healing to God’s creation in the power of the Spirit. Bringing Christian joy, hope, and truth to embodiment in the arts is also part of this work. We do all of this because the gospel of God leads us to it, even while we recognize that the ultimate restoration of all things awaits the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ (CS–).
Below are a variety of [ongoing as I discover] links to articles for encouragement and equipping in a theology of our work and labor coram Deo (before the face of God).
Monday Morning Theology (Bob Thune)
Why Work (Steven Nichols)
The Gospel At Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning To Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger
Theology of Vocation: http://multimedia.sebts.edu/?p=5979
Theology of Work, Vocation and Human Flourishing: http://multimedia.sebts.edu/?p=5976