Resource Review – How Then Should We Work?: Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work

Does our work matter to God? Not the work of pastors and missionaries, but the jobs of the “regular joes,” corporate climbers, and CEOs? Is there value in a career that has nothing to do with ministry? Hugh Whelchel uses his book to delve deeply into these questions about the doctrine of work, and with satisfying results.

“Many Christians struggle to make sense of their faith and work. Some are taught the only value in their work is evangelism among their coworkers and earning money to donate to the church and missions. With more than 25 years working in the business sector, Hugh Whelchel was just that guy. He knew there had to be more. His thorough investigation reveals the eternal significance of work within the grand, Biblical story of God’s mission throughout history.” –Amazon. How can we know whether or not our career matters in the great scheme of the Kingdom?

Adam and Eve had a job.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28

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God created man and woman and told them to get to work! Make babies, subdue the earth, work the land, and rule over the animals. Man was not made to be idle. We were created with a deep need for fulfilling work.

Jesus had a job.

For the first 30 years of his life, Jesus was not in formal ministry. Let that sink in for a minute! He went into the family business, like his father. The savior of the universe worked with his hands. He built things. He fixed things. He didn’t make a great deal of money, and he did not know any measure of worldly success. And yet every moment of his work as a simple carpenter was precisely within God’s perfect will. I believe that this is a message to us about how our work, no matter how humble, really does matter.

“A Biblically-based and compelling argument supporting the integration of faith and work into a noble calling to serve God in the marketplace.” – Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business, Wake Forest University Schools of Business and Retired Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo. Work, whether inside or outside of the home (or both) is a part of the Christian calling. There is no job too humble to be used by God for his glory.