The United States celebrates working men and women on Labor Day. I think, though, of Solomon’s question in Ecclesiastes 1:3 — “What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?” Is there more to work than that paycheck? If we, as Christians, would see the workplace as our mission field, we would have great purpose in going to work. More than a sense of personal accomplishment or a source of income, work can be a place where we can make an eternal difference.
Jesus said, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (Jn. 6:27).
Now, Jesus isn’t saying we should all quit our jobs and “do ministry.” Remember that the Apostle Paul, had his tent-making job. It isn’t an either/or proposition. We can work for that which “endures to eternal life” in our jobs if we see the workplace as our mission field.
God won’t call all of us to go to a foreign mission field. It is important, however, that we evangelize the world around us, no matter where we are. Think about it: In addition to our families and neighborhoods, where do we tend to spend the most time? — in the workplace
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