What’s Your “Theology of Work”?

When my children were young I encouraged them to do their chores and school assignments “as unto the Lord” and would throw in a quick paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 9:10 often: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” I hoped to teach them to approach daily tasks with an attitude of worship; to make their beds or clean their rooms, not only for the sake of orderliness or character training but to see simple chores as an opportunity to glorify God in the accomplishment of a duty well done.

Fulfilling daily duties as an act of worship, as an opportunity to glorify God with the strength, intellect, time, and creativity that He provides, is my “theology of work.”

Today you will have the opportunity to perform several duties. You may feel overwhelmed with some challenging assignments, perhaps face difficult obstacles. Consider each moment as an opportunity to respond in humble worship and praise.

In our study of the book of Colossians, we see a theological and practical approach to daily living in chapter three. I hope you’ll review that section and answer the questions below:

  1. How can we apply verses 22–24? What is the “theology of work” that we find in this section? The last sentence in v. 24 contains the key for facing any difficult task. What difficult area of “work” or “service” are you applying this principle to in this season of your life?
  1. How does v. 17 relate to this section on work or your area of service (either in the home, in church, within relationships or other areas of work)?
  1. The final verse of this chapter (v. 25) contains a reminder of what we read in v. 6. Is this a warning or a promise or both? How should we respond to this verse? How should this verse motivate evangelism? How do we see God’s grace at work through this warning?

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