Do you see your work as a ministry?
Unless you’re a pastor, missionary or an employee in professional ministry, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your work like this. After all, how often do you hear Sunday sermons that describe Christian retail workers, farmers, bankers, doctors, computer programmers as ministers? Are there any good reasons to think of your work as ministry?
Dr. Scott Rae gave a biblical answer to this question at our second Table Conference event in Irving, Texas. His message was that we, as Christians, need to see our work as a part of our ministry and service to God because that is how Scriptures characterizes it.
In this video, Dr. Scott Rae talks about the concept of business as ministry, focusing on the idea that the work itself is part of your service to Christ.
Consider the words of Paul to slaves who did some of the most menial and demeaning forms of work in the ancient world in Col 3:23-24 (NIV):
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
If even the work of Christian slaves can be a part of their service to the Lord, every good endeavor can be an arena of service to God.
This goes beyond the things that we might do outside of our work responsibilities. Activities like praying for people, leading bible studies after office hours, and spiritual conversations may all be honoring to God, but don’t miss the fact that your day-to-day, professional work itself is part of your service to Christ.
Whether or not you are employed in a professional ministry capacity, God cares about your work. Doing your job with excellence is a part of serving Christ and representing God in the world.
This clip was taken from The Table Conference. Download the presentation here.
About the Contributors
Mikel Del Rosario is a PhD student in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Project Manager for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics and World Religion at William Jessup University. Mikel co-authors The Table Briefing articles in Bibliotheca Sacra with Darrell Bock, manages the Table Podcast, and helps Christians defend the faith with courage and compassion through his apologetics speaking ministry. He holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from DTS and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.