Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

In Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work author and pastor Tim Keller overturns the commonly held idea of dualism (that some things are more spiritual than others, and that there is a divide between religious parts of life and the rest of it) and instead presses on toward a biblical view of work.

No matter what type of work you do (and yes, not that you need me to tell you this, but parenting is work too), the way you go about it betrays a lot about your ideas of God and the idols of your heart. Every Good Endeavor unpacks the concept of work and how our faith should influence it, including issues like:

  • Worldview (what you believe is wrong with the world and what would make it better)
  • Identity (where you ultimately take your sense of worth and success)
  • Service (every job can be done for the good of others or for yourself)
  • Idolatry (things you look to for ultimate significance)

After digging into the broader themes of work and discussing a general theology of work, Keller also looks at specific types of work and how Christianity can change the way you pursue them.  I got a lot out of the arts section, which includes writing, and the specific applications of how having good theology can impact the way we write and create stories. (If you write and are interested in that topic, check out this excellent free podcast on writing from a Christian worldview)

As with other books I’ve read by Tim Keller, I found Every Good Endeavor thought-provoking and challenging and it helped me to think more deeply about the way my work connects to God’s.  I’d recommend it no matter what your vocation.

Do you see a connection between your work and God’s work?  Or do you tend to think that some work is “spiritual” and other jobs are just to pay the bills or get things done?

 

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3 thoughts on “Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

  1. I read this book last year, and found it helpful, too. Like any of Keller’s writings, the application extends far beyond the specific subject of his book title. The section on dualism was particularly helpful, and that aspect makes this a great resource for older teens and young adults who may have been taught to believe otherwise.

    I think I need to put something on my wall that continually reminds me of the connection between “my work” and “God’s work.” 🙂
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  2. This book sounds great, Catherine. As someone preparing for full-time church ministry, and a writer focused solely on biblical topics, I have to guard myself against viewing my work as more spiritual than someone else’s.

    I do believe ministry is a high calling, and ministry leaders are worthy of an extra measure of honor/respect. But I also believe God calls each person to a different full-time work. We need Christians working in every occupation, not just ministry fields. Also, each Christian is responsible to be a missionary in wherever they are, whatever they do for work or fun.

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