Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Theology of Work

I've been thinking a lot about work recently. Some might like the word "vocation" better. Others would use the word "call."

So what is our theology of work? How do we understand the way in which God interacts with our careers? With our participation in the body of Christ?

I've done a little research on the topic in the last six to eight months. I specifically studied the connection between the biblical Apostle and the modern-day missionary. First, it's important to note that both words mean "sent ones." Also, the duties between the two are very similar. However, Apostles usually had another job that supported them. Although there is 1 Corinthians 9 that suggests that one who preaches the gospel should gain his wages from the gospel, we also know that Paul was a tent maker and this seems to be how he supported himself. When someone was called to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher this was a call to a specific role in the community of believers. It seems that they all has "secular" jobs through which they provided support for their ministry (and probably family as well, if they had any).

Today, most denominations pay their pastors and ministry is their career.

Also, most church-goers have their careers but have not realized a role within the community of believers.

What do we do? Can you help me understand what God thinks about all this?

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