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Why Work Matters: A Look at the Last 200 Years

Out of 5,840 waking hours, a full-time employee spends approximately 2,080 hours at work each year. Yet many of those workers live entirely for the weekend, wanting nothing more than Friday evening to come. Is this an acceptable way to live? Above and beyond the paycheck, does the act of working even matter?

Let's take a long-term approach. Work matters because, pooled together, it can serve people and enhance their lives and wellbeing. Work is service. This is well in line with God's mandate to care for those made in God's image-to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the creation (see Gen 1).

Dr. Hans Rosling works for BBC 4 and loves to interact with statistics on population and health. In the video below, he traces the economic effect of work on global life and opportunity since the early 1900's. It is fascinating to watch. There are other issues this overview does not address, but it is an interesting look at the power and impact over time of work (people serving one another) on various populations.

Th monumental significance of work, which Dr. Rosling’s video demonstrates, is why we are tackling this topic at our second annual Table Conference, Your Work: More Than A Paycheck  at Irving Bible Church, April 4-5. Come join us to discover how you can develop a Christian way of thinking about how you work and why it matters.

Darrell L. Bock
Dr. Bock is senior research professor of New Testament and executive director for cultural engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored or edited more than forty books, including Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study, Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods, Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King, Who Is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith, and Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence.
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