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Monday, January 11, 2010

Christianity on the Jobsite

By Adam Faughn

What is Christianity?

For some, it is simply one piece of life. We can take it out, and it doesn’t leave any effect on other aspects of our life. We can put it on when needed, or we can leave it at the church building when we desire to do something else.

However, that’s not the Biblical picture of Christianity. As Jesus enumerated the two “greatest” commands, the first contained “all” four times. If we paraphrase it, Jesus taught that we should love God with all we have.

Paul continued the thought in Romans 12, where he told the readers to offer their bodies “as living sacrifices” (v. 1). To follow that directive, all we do must have God at the center.

Christianity, then, should be more like the center of an old wagon wheel. Every time the center of that wheel turns, everything turns with it. It holds every part of our life together. It provides stability to the whole.

As Paul continues his letter to Titus, he reminds the young preacher that some aren’t the “boss” of their situation. Slaves, though often treated poorly (or extremely poorly in some cases), were still to follow Christ and show His light in their working lives.

In our modern society, we are growing ever more lazy and disillusioned with the concept of work. We go to work only to earn a paycheck, never thinking that our place of employment could be a mission field and a place to show the love of Christ.

Chances are, you work with someone who needs to become a Christian. Have you ever thought that how you work and your attitudes on the jobsite could influence that person towards (or away from) Christ?

Sure, bad days will come in any job, but Christians should continually be diligent in work, and should continue to show a shining light on the jobsite.

Let’s think about that this morning.


- Adam Faughn serves as the pulpit minister for the Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation’s website at: http://www.lebanonroadchurchofchrist.org

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