For a few more days, you can pick up a short, worthwhile course from renowned biblical scholar N. T. Wright for free: Faith Working through Love.
In less time than it takes to watch two episodes of an average TV show, you can gain a deeper understanding of what the Bible says about work, learn how to find meaning in the work you do, and see how work relates to living for Christ today.
When you click the play button on your free course, you’ll hear N. T. Wright explore some of the difficulties both modern Christians and the early Church have had relating work and faith:
Very often, Christians in our day have had difficulty putting together the faith [that] we believe and the work [that] we’re supposed to be doing, whether in terms of the work of living a moral life, living a holy life, or particularly, the work that we’re all called to do in a thousand different callings in God’s world.
The early Church wrestled with this question very hard because it was difficult being an early Christian faced with the might of the pagan empire, with the expectations of the Greek philosophical world, and not the least with many people from the Jewish background who were puzzled by what this new movement was all about. And again and again Paul, as the one who is establishing these little communities of Jesus followers in the largely gentile world that he went to, Paul has to articulate and then to model himself what it means to translate faith into the work which has to be done. . . .
God has made you as a human being, has given you gifts and callings to get on with that work and earn your own daily bread, and then you’ll have something to give to those who need, and those who really do need it will be supported. So Paul in each of these ways is challenging his readers to think about how faith translates not just into any old work as, “Oh, I’ve got to do something, somehow,” but rather into actual callings from God, which are to be engaged with cheerfulness, remembering and reflecting as he says at the end of 1 Corinthians 15, that what you do in the Lord is not in vain.1
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