Is there any value to the work that we do? As Christians, is there any connection between our faith and our work?
This question is posed by John Rabe of Truth in Action Ministries (TAM) at the outset of TAM’s new video on faith and work featuring IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel. It may be a question you’ve asked yourself many times.
It’s a tough question to answer, but Whelchel quickly offers encouragement: “The good news is that God has a plan for everyone’s life.”
How do you figure out what that plan is for your life? Whelchel shares some advice:
One of the things I think people really have to think about [is] “How do I glorify God? How do I serve the common good? How do I really serve the kingdom in what I do on a day-to-day basis?’
As Whelchel shares about the biblical doctrine of work, the video also weaves in the story of Lester Zook to provide a practical example of faith and vocation in action. Zook is the founder of Wild Guyde Adventures, and was previously featured in IFWE’s “Faces of Faith & Work” series. In the video Zook observes that,
Some people find their service in a ministry organization…and that’s great, God has a work to do there. But there’s a lot of other work to be done in the world.
You can hear more about Zook’s story and Whelchel’s experience connecting faith and vocation as you watch the rest of the video. You’ll also discover:
- The biblical meaning of calling.
- The danger of separating your “sacred” life from your “secular” life.
- What ordinary people think of their everyday work situations.
- The number-one tool God has given us to change the world.
Connecting faith and vocation is no easy task. Even if we’ve found our calling, the work can be tedious. Zook concludes,
Yes, there are days…when every work is a job. I have to remind myself that there is a more important purpose here. The Holy Spirit has his way of working and his timing and his person he’s going to work in. My job is just to be ready.
Watch the full video here.