During the sermon on Sunday, I mentioned a helpful principle from Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert’s book, The Gospel At Work. They say:
Who you work for is more important than what you do. (pg. 14)
This is the memorable and helpful truth I mentioned on Sunday. I wanted to take time here to provide more insight from their book. They write:
You work for Jesus. That fact is the most important thing you can know and remember about your work. It’s much more important than the job itself, regardless of whether you’re a homemaker, a banker, a political staffer, a construction worker, a barista, or a corporate executive. No matter what you are doing you are doing it to glorify Jesus.
If you keep that one big idea in mind, it will change the way you think about your work and engage in your work. Why? Because when glorifying Jesus is our primary motivation, our work—regardless of what that work is in its particulars—becomes an act of worship. We are freed completely from thinking that our work is without meaning and purpose, and we are equally freed from thinking our work hold some ultimate meaning. (pg. 15, emphasis original)
That last sentence helps us understand why this truth of working for the King keeps us from two common pitfalls they emphasize.
First Pitfall: Being idle in our work. (pg. 16)
Second Pitfall: Making our work an idol. (pg. 16)
Working for the King motivates you to work diligently instead of being lazy. At the same time, this principle keeps you from worshiping your work because everything you do is for Christ’s glory.