Are you in full-time Christian ministry? The answer, of course, is YES if you are a Christian. Every child of God is in full-time Christian ministry, regardless of who signs the paycheck at the end of the week.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Paul makes it clear that every kind of legitimate work—any work that does not violate the revealed truth of God—is a service to the Lord when it is done for His glory and with all of our heart. There is no such thing as a sacred/secular split in the life of the Christian. All of life is sacred and is to be lived out coram Deo—before the face of God.
This was true from the very beginning. Adam and Eve were made by God, made in the image of God, and made to live for the glory of God. Every aspect of their lives was sacred and consecrated to God. This is God’s plan for humanity. What you spend the bulk of your 168 hours doing each week on is not to be divorced from God. Your work is to be performed “as working for the Lord, not for men,” which was God’s plan . . . before and after sin entered into the world.
I often speak to people who describe their jobs as mundane and insignificant. They only say these things because they do not see their work in light of the biblical mandate to use it as a means to bring honor and glory to God. Everyone cannot serve God in the church. But everyone can and must serve God right where they are, in whatever they do. Every job is sacred and meaningful when it is performed for the Savior. The only “insignificant” job in the world is the one where Jesus cannot be found.
So . . . where are you currently serving your Lord today? What is the witness of your work? Remember, when you arrive at the office or wherever you work, you are responsible to bring the sacred and spiritual into the secular by serving God, not men. It comes down to perspective. When you see whatever it is you do as an act of service to God, then you rise above the thought of mere work, to pouring yourself out as an act of worship to your God.
With this kind of perspective, the Lord Jesus Christ will take whatever the world might call “mundane” and turn it a masterpiece for His glory! For many of your coworkers, you will be the only Bible they ever read. What have they been reading lately? How attractive have you been making your God?
The witness of your work will be an instrument of both salvation and sanctification in the hands of your Savior . . . when you are working for His glory.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!