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January 24, 2020

Workplace Myths

Word In Life Bible Study • Theology of Work
Take a look at some of the most common workplace myths.
1 Cor.3:9

Myth: Church work is the only work that has any real spiritual value
In other words, everday work in the "secular world" counts for nothing of lasting value. Only "sacred" work matters to God.

Fact: Christianity makes no distinction between the "sacred" and the "secular."
all of life is to be lived under Christ's lordship. So when it comes to work, all work has essential value to god, and workers will answer to Him for how they have carried out the work He has given to them (1 Cor. 3:13).

Myth: The heroes of the faith are ministers and missionaries. "Lay" workers remain second-class.
This follows from the previous idea. If "sacred" work is the only work with eternal value, then "sacred workers" (clergy)are the most valuable workers. The best that "laypeople" can do is to support the clergy and engage in "ministry" during their spare hours.

Fact: God has delegated His work to everybody, not just clergy.
Among the main characters of Scripture are ranchers, farmers, fishermen, vintners, inronworkers, carpenters, tentmakers, textile manufacturers, public officals, construction supervisors and workers, military personnel, financiers, physicians, judges, tax collectors, musicians, sculptors, dancers, poets, and writers, among others. Nowehere does God view these people or their work as "second class" or "secular." Rather, their work accomplishes God's work in the world. As we do our work each day, we reflect the fry image of God, who is a working God (see "God-The Original Worker" at John 5:17). He spend six days working on the creation (Gen. 1:31-2:#), so we merely follow God's example when we work fix or six days out of the week.

Myth: Work is a part of the Curse
According to this belief, God punished Adam and Eve for their sin by laying the burden of work on them: "In the sweat of your face you shall eat breat till you return to the ground (Gen. 3:19). Taht's why work is so often drudgery, and why the workplace is drived by greed and selfishness.

Fact: Work is a gift from God
The Bible never calls work a curse, but rather a gift from God (Ecc. 3:13; 5:18-19). god gave Adam and Eve work to do long before they ever sinned (Gen. 2:15), and He commends and commands work long after the Fall (9:1-7; Col. 3:23; I Thess. 4:11; see "Is Work a Curse?" at Gen. 3:17-19).

Myth: God is no longer involved in His creation.
For many, if not most, modern-day workers, God is irrelevant in the workplace. He may exist, but He has little to do with everyday matters of the work workld. These people don't care much about what god does, and they assume He doesn't care much about what they do, either.

Fact: God remains intimately connected with both His world and its workers.
Scripture knows nothing of a detached Creator. He actively holds the creation together (Col. 1:16-17) and works toward its ultimate restoration from sin (John 5:17; Rom. 8:18-25). He uses the work of people to accomplish many of His purposes. Indeed, believers ultimately work for Chirst as their Boss (see "Who's the Boss?" at Col. 3:22-24). He takes an active interes in how they do their work (Titus 2:9-10).

Myth: You only go around once in life-so you better make the best of it!
This is the "heaven can wait" perspective. Here-and-now is what matters; it's where the excitement is. Heaven is just a make-believe world of gold-paved streets and never-ending choir. Boring! Why not enjoy your reward right now? Go for it!

Fact: God is saving the greatest rewards for eternity-and work will be among them.
Scripture doesn't offer much detail about life after death, but it does promise a future society remade by God where work goes on-without the sweat, toil, pain, or futility of the Curse (Is. 65:17-25; Rev. 22:2-5). As for the question of rewards, God plans to hand out rewards for how believers have spent their lives-including their work (1 Cor. 3:9-15).

Myth: The most important day of the week is Friday
"Thank God it's Friday!" the secular work ethic cries. Because work is drudgery, weekends are for escapgin-and catching up. There's not idea of a Sabbath, just of couple of days of respite from the grinding routine.

Fact: God wants us to pusue cycles of meaningful work and restorative rest.
A biblical view of work places a high value on rest. God never intended us to work seven days a week. He still invites us to join Him in a day of rest, renewal, and clebration. Taht resotres us to go back to ur work with a sense of purpose and mission. "Thank God it's Monday!" we can begin to say.

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A great article and I agree with your comments, however it
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