Is Secular Work Less Valuable in the Sight of God?
Christianity is not a fine philosophy, or a nice religion. It is a Life. And that means it is something to be lived 24/7. And 24/365.
One of the weaknesses of many Christians is that they divide their lives into two compartments: spiritual and secular. And the two are in water-tight compartments.
The result is that most Christians who are engaged in secular work feel that they are second-class citizens in the Kingdom of Heavne.
It transforms our whole feeling about our lives when we discover that the secular is sacred when God puts it into our hands … that in working for that demanding employer, we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no scriptural basis for the idea that secular work is less spiritual than “full-time” Christian work.
Unfortunately, because of the wrong belief that “full-time” is more spiritual than secular, many give up their secular careers and calling from God to get into a full-time ministry to which God has not called them!
We need to be both spiritual and balanced.
It is unbalanced to divide one’s life into “spiritual” and “secular” compartments.
This error cripples many Christians in their faith and in their work. They limp in both. They stumble over the man-made dividing line.
On this extremely important topic, my teaching will be purely scriptural, not based on stories and personal experience. The church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone …” (Ephesians 2:20). So their words will serve as the baseline and starting point for what I teach in this series.
I will try to correct the sub-normal view of secular work that many Christians (including pastors) have. One of the major uses of scripture is “correction” (2 Timothy 3:16) — another reason why this section will be so heavy based on Scripture.
This is not to say that the ministries which we call “full-time” are in any way less spiritual or valuable to God. My purpose is to show from the Scriptures that God has ordained both … and why each is a sacred calling … and why most Christians have a sacred calling to secular work.
Studying these pages will change your daily tasks into worship and service to God. Y