Our church recently finished a study on faith & work by reading the book, Work Matters, together in our growth groups.

We established that work and more importantly, vocation, is a biblical notion. Work was created before the fall (Genesis 2:15). And work will exist in paradise.

We are called to do well in our work. Since we spend most of our adult life at work, it is wise to recognize our workplace as a part of ministry.

Paul writes it well in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15.

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

A contemporary translation from The Message expands this passage to:

And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

As ambassadors of Christ, we are to work well and do good work (1 Peter 2:5).