Adapted from the book, Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick
Whether they work in business or the arts, education or the social sector, media or the church world, many people are tying their love for Jesus to the work they do. They want their faith to be central to their lives, not an afterthought. They want their passion for Jesus and a heart to serve Him to be fully and holistically connected to everything they do and are.
The great reformer Martin Luther was once asked by a man how he should serve the Lord. “What is your work now?” Luther asked. The man replied, “I am a shoemaker.” Luther said, “Then make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price.”
The man was surprised at the answer. Luther didn’t tell him to save funds for seminary or to become a monk. He didn’t even tell him to make Christian shoes with a “Jesus fish” stitched on the side. Instead, Luther recognized the spiritual value of the man’s everyday job and encouraged him to glorify God by doing that work well.
Being a change maker means realizing that commitment to God and passion for following Jesus cannot be compartmentalized. It cannot be restricted to Sundays and sacred spaces, Mondays through Fridays are holy days. Boardrooms are sacred spaces, and so are Hollywood studio lots, high-rise offices, and neighborhood coffee shops. Accounting can be a spiritual act; practicing medicine can be a spiritual act; working on an assembly line can be a spiritual act; teaching can be a spiritual act, and even cleaning a toilet can be a spiritual act.
The apostle Paul knew this essential well. In his letter to the Colossians, he says…
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23