Faith and Work by Joe CarrollExecutive Director, Biblical Leadership for Excellence
This series helps us to challenge ourselves or any force that would have us disconnect our Christian faith from our work life. When our true identity and security is grounded in Christ, we can experience the purpose, meaning, and richness of life 7 days a week.
Session 1: Work…Is There More Than A Paycheck?
Session 2: Redefining My Work Ambition
Session 3: The Day God Fired Adam
Session 4: Living out God’s Call in Your Work
Work…Is There More Than A Paycheck?
Do you feel disconnected from God whenever you start your work week? Does it ever seem like your work has taken the place of God? In this video Joe Carroll talks about work as a part of God’s nature and a natural part of our human nature. Unfortunately, there has been a disconnect in the lives of many people in terms of their faith and work. Only 3 out of 10 people report experiencing their work as purposeful or meaningful. In John 10:10 Jesus reminds us that He has more for us, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. As His followers Christ wants us to have a rich and satisfying life and no matter what your vocation, work is part of that fulfilling life.
Redefining My Work Ambition
Ambition is a desire and determination to achieve success. It implies that someone is willing to work hard and success in our work can be a very positive thing when it is in line with God’s purposes. However, ambition that is not rooted in God’s will can be destructive for ourselves and others. In more than one place in the Gospels it is made clear that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, “did not come to be served, but to serve”. When our ambition grows out of our desire to contribute to God’s purposes it is a blessing.
The Day God Fired Adam
The doctrine of The Fall comes from an interpretation of the Biblical story found in Genesis chapter 3 where God tells man, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground…” In Christianity it describes the transition from man’s innocent obedience to a state of guilt and knowledge of right and wrong.
This context and other scriptures such as, Romans 8, John 16, Isaiah 14, etc. remind us that in spite of the fact that work is “hard” and we all will face challenges in life challenges, we find our true identity and security in Christ. In spite of human pride, temptations to compromise, and insecurities, in Christ, we do not have to impress anyone nor allow ourselves to be defined by others. We can live our purpose through our work.
Living out God’s Call in Your Work
The word “Call” or “Calling” is found over 200 times in New Testament scripture. In this message Joe Carroll helps us to differentiate God’s call from God’s leading and challenges all followers to be in relationship with God, to allow that relationship to transform us to the image of Christ, and to be salt and light in the world that allows others to see the image of Christ in us.