The Bible has much to say about work—whether it be classified as a job, career or vocation, to God, work is a holy calling. Even before “The Fall,” God gave Adam a job in the form of a command (Gen 2:15). This was a key part in Adam’s role in having dominion over the earth—that is, in “being made in the image of God” (1:26-28). According to R. Paul Stevens, in his book, Work Matters, the two words used by God in his command for Adam to work are “abah” (work) and “shamar” (take care). These words are also used to mean “service to God” and “keeping of His commandments,” respectively. This implies that all our work, not just full or part-time ministry is indeed a holy calling.
Sadly, for many believers, there is too big a gap between their actions on Sunday versus Monday. As we come to worship the Lord at church, we should be considering ways that we could honor the Lord during the work week. As believers, there should be a “seamless robe,” as one workplace commentator put it, between our work week and our Sunday service. All of it is the worship of God and all of it is to be holy!
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– Pastor Joe Garofalo