This is a well written and easy to read book for anyone struggling with what it means to be a Christian in today’s workplace. Greene believes that it is God’s will for Christians to work, although he makes no distinction between those in paid employment, such as the CEO of a large multi-national organization or the stay at home mum. He states that, whatever we do, we should seek first to honour God rather than our earthly bosses. Indeed he even suggests that, as all authority comes from God, our earthly bosses have been empowered by God to transform us and make us more Christ-like – a real challenge if you struggle to get on with your immediate supervisor!
Greene asks why there is generally so little preaching and teaching on workplace evangelism (although this may be due in some instances to the make-up of a congregation if it comprises mainly retired Christians or folk who may have little hope of gaining paid employment in particularly deprived areas). He reminds us that the success of any outreach is winning people for God not increasing individual congregations. Greene also addresses some of moral dilemmas particular to the workplace with practical examples dealing with such things as using office equipment and being asked to lie by your superiors.
Even since the first publication of this book the working environment has changed significantly with a long hour’s culture now almost the norm in many jobs. The author looks at this issue and the impact that it has on our lives. The book avoids offering any easy solutions but does challenge our attitudes to work, and those we work with, and warns against compartmentalising our lives.
I particularly like the fact that he is not afraid to share examples of when he has made mistakes and I am sure many of us can identify with him in this respect. This is certainly a book that I would recommend.
Some people seem to know from an early age what job they want to do. If you ask them they answer confidently and tell you what job they hope to do after leaving school / university. However others have never really been able to answer that question. They seem to fall into a job and then several years later are still not sure what they should be doing.
There are some who feel that so called “full-time Christian work” is more important than working in a “secular job”. They might have set their heart on being a pastor or missionary and are very disappointed if they then end up working for the local retail outlet / insurance company / garage etc. For those who have this mindset it’s good to remember the following verse from Colossians 3v23:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
For anyone who might be wrestling with the question “what job should I do?” the following articles are well worth reading and pondering:
There are many different areas of life where it is very challenging and difficult to live out our Christian faith. One of these is the workplace. Many people feel under pressure from the long hour culture that is prevalent today. Additionally with the advances in technology some feel an expectation of always being “on-call” to their bosses.
Not to mention the challenge of our working relationships with our work colleagues and managers. If we are honest there are probably some colleagues who we prefer not to work with! All of us at times at work have lost our cool with people and then felt embarrassed about it afterwards.
Why do we work? Is it just to earn enough money to pay the bills and to go on holiday occasionally? Should we be sharing our faith at work or is that not appropriate? Is God really interested in what we do at work? What does the bible say about work?
If you are interested in looking more in depth at this subject then you may find The Theology of Work website helpful.
On their website they say the vision of the Theology of Work Project is that every Christian be equipped and committed for work as God intends
Considering how much time many of us spend at work it’s certainly worth looking more closely at this subject from a Christian prospective.
I received an email at work on Monday, concerning some new research undertaken by LinkedIn about British workers checking their work emails whilst on holiday. The following results caught my attention:
- 24% of British workers say they can’t relax if they don’t check their work emails while on annual leave.
- 37% feel more positive about their return to work if they’ve been checking in on work while out of the office.
- 68% of those questioned don’t mind checking their work emails while their out of office is on.
- 60% admitted opening in their inbox at least once a day.
- 48% say that they check their emails as they don’t want to fall behind.
- 84% of those questioned confessed that they actually respond to work emails while they’re on holiday.
I find it incredible that people are unable to switch off from looking at emails and enjoy their summer holidays.
Whilst work is important it is also essential for our own well-being that we relax and take a break from the pressures of it. If you are on your summer holidays then you should not be working but rather enjoying your holiday. Instead of looking at work emails why not switch off your smartphone / tablet and do one or more of the following:
- Go for a walk
- Go for a run
- Go for a swim
- Play tennis
- Read a book (make sure it’s not work related!)
- Take a boat trip
- Visit a museum
- Go sightseeing
- Enjoy the company of those you have gone on holiday with!
We spend so much time at work that we should at least try to enjoy our holidays and forget about work. Go on give it a go!