Your Work Matters to God

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Sue Bohlin — Many Christians hold a decidedly unbiblical view of work. Some view it as a curse, or at least as part of the curse of living in a fallen world. Others make a false distinction between what they perceive as the sacred—serving God—and the secular—everything else. And others make it into an idol, expecting it to provide them with their identity and purpose in life as well as being a source of joy and fulfillment that only God can provide.

In their excellent book Your Work Matters to God, Doug Sherman and William Hendricks expose the wrong ways of thinking about work, and explain how God invests work with intrinsic value and honor. Rick Warren echoes this idea in his blockbuster The Purpose Driven Life when he writes, "Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence."

First, let's explore some faulty views of work: the secular view, some inappropriate hierarchies that affect how we view work, and work as merely a platform for doing evangelism.

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"As I look back on my lifetime of work, the list includes telephone operator, secretary, and calligrapher. Then there's my unpaid job of mother and homemaker. Over the years, I've had unbiblical and then biblical views of work, and it is a joy to share what I've learned with you."

Sue is a writer, speaker and webservant for Probe. She has been a Bible teacher and conference speaker for over 30 years, and also speaks for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Christian Women's Connection. She is also a professional freelance calligrapher, but most importantly, she is the wife of Dr. Ray Bohlin and the mother of their two grown sons.

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